Iraqi Intelligence claims that the ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is paralyzed
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A senior commander for Iraq’s Intelligence Service claimed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the top leader of the Islamic State (IS), has suffered a crippling spinal injury and he is unable to walk.
In an interview with Iraqi al-Sabah newspaper, Commander of Hawk Unit of the Iraqi intelligence, Abu Ali Basari, said al-Baghdadi was severely injured in an airstrike in Syria during 2018.
He explained that the IS leader survived the airstrike which was carried out by the Iraqi air force, but the injuries paralyzed him with no ability to walk.
According to the commander, al-Baghdadi was in a meeting with his aides near Hajin, southeast of Deir Ez-Zor, when the location was targeted by the Iraqi jets.
Basari also claimed that intelligence they gathered indicate that Abu Bakr al-Baghdad is hiding in the desert areas of Syria, under a heavy security measure by the few number of his aides.
Earlier in April this year, al-Baghdadi appeared in a video message after his jihadist group lost its last bastion of Bagouz in eastern Syria.
The footage was released by the jihadist group’s Al Furqan media network in which the top IS leader admitted that the insurgents carried out tens of terrorist activities in eight countries as a revenge for their loss in Syria’s Baghouz.
In his 18-minute video, the IS leader also pointed out that the militants conducted the attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter where nearly 300 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded.