Islamic State chief Baghdadi seeks return to Iraq after Syria’s caliphate fall

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the formation of the group’s caliphate from a mosque in Mosul in 2014 ( AP )

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi intelligence officer has claimed that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdad has sought to return back to Iraq over the past few weeks after many of his supporters were killed in Syria’s military campaigns.

“Al-Baghdadi has been trying to enter Iraq for weeks, but he could not due to the strict security measures applied on the Iraqi-Syrian border,” the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Russia Today TV channel on Saturday.

“Al-Baghdadi is currently hiding in Jabal Abu Rajmin in the Syrian city of Palmyra, backed by some close aids, mostly of Saudi, Tunisian and Iraq nationalities,” the officer said, adding that the murder of a large number of Islamic State militants in Syria “prompted Baghdadi to seek return to Iraq.”

No reports about al-Baghdadi have been heard since September 2017, when he urged supporters to wage attacks against the West and keep fighting in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Al-Baghdadi emerged as leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one of the groups that later became Islamic State, in 2010. In October 2011, the US officially designated al-Baghdadi as a terrorist. It has offered a reward of up to $25m (£19.6m) for information leading to his capture or death.


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  1. I think that he should be allowed to return to Iraq.
    There should be one stipulation, he needs to be returned in a body bag.

    Hurry up you swine Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, make sure to pick out a nice body bag.
    Sorry Abu Bakr al-Baghdad pig, I was just joking, I think the body bags only come in black, the same color as your heart and sole.

  2. This serpent and its nest must be destroyed because they cause many deaths on its way. Capture this serpent and hang your head on a stake with that way the great SARGAN against his enemies.

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