Abu Ali al-Basri, director-general of the intelligence and anti-narcotics department, disclosed Tuesday the possible hiding place of the leader of the Da’ash organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“The latest information available to us indicates that the leader of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi organization is in the town of Hajin, located in Syria, 18 miles from the Syrian-Iraqi border, inside the province of Deir al-Zour,” Basri told Fox News.
Basri added that “the new information about the location of al-Baghdadi, obtained by the Iraqi intelligence for only a few days,” stressing that it “used to prepare a joint raid with the joint units of Russia, Syria and Iran.”
For his part, the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense Major General Yahya Rasool, that “Baghdadi, who appointed a reward of 25 million dollars for information will help in his arrest, trying to survive in the border area east of the Euphrates River, and may also reside at the moment in The Syrian town of al-Shadadi in the province of Hasaka, “explaining that” it is not difficult to hide in the Syrian desert. ”
This view is also adhered to by the “Syrian Democratic Forces”, which believes, according to US channel spokesman Mustafa Bali, that ”
The Russian Defense Ministry said in mid-June that it was studying information about the alleged killing of Baghdadi as a result of the raid carried out by the Russian forces on May 28, 2017 near Raqqa, but it turned out later that the leader of “da’ash” was not killed but was injured by the operation.
Al-Baghdadi, whose real name was Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri, appeared before the public for the first time in July 2014, when he announced that the Nuri Mosque in Mosul, which was seized by Daqash, had created the “Caliphate State” in Iraq and Syria. More than once news of his elimination, but all were not confirmed.