Al-Baghdadi has reportedly been
The monstrous leader is said to have been wounded during a bombing raid in Al-Ba’aj, Northern Iraq, although US defence officials said they have “no validation” or “further information” on the alleged attack.
After a £20million ($25 million) bounty was put on his head, Baghdadi was said to have gone “underground” before the end of last year, as his jihadi’s lost swathes of Mosul to Iraqi forces.
He is a dead man walking, it’s just a matter of time
Unnamed defence source
Sleeping underground in a suicide vest, the Iraqi leader was said to have become increasingly paranoid, ordering executions whilst under attack from Iraqi and Peshmerga troops.
Shortly after, conflicting unofficial reports claiming the leader was badly wounded or killed of a similar nature emerged, US Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said: “We do think Baghdadi is alive and is still leading ISIL [ISIS] and we are obviously doing everything we can to track his movements.”
Battle for Mosul
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Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces fire missile toward Islamic State militants during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in Somer district of eastern Mosul
In December, US defence officials said the leader is becoming increasingly isolated as he was facing difficulties finding "advisers and confidants to speak with” because they have died.
Amid conflicting reports of the leader’s health, another ISIS leader whose role was to execute women, has been killed.
Abu Abdel Rahmen, from Saudi Arabia, was killed by an unknown gunmen in Iraq last week.
A source told the International Business Times: “The unknown gunmen shot at Abu Abdel Rahman, ISIS’ senior commander, in al-Aksari region in the centre of Mosul city, and he was killed right on the spot.”
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British and US forces were said to have collaborated, in early January, to capture the leader who is a "dead man walking".
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, an unnamed defence source said: “The head of IS is now a priority target. That means the SAS will be using all of their experience and skill to track him down.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook previously said the US want to 'deliver the justice he deserves'
“He is a dead man walking, it’s just a matter of time. He’s going to be killed by ground troops or taken out in an air strike or drone strike.”
It is not clear if Baghdadi is still in the besieged city, where he initiated the terror network in 2014.