Al-Baghdadi 'in Sirte after treatment in Turkey', Fars

Severely injured in Iraqi airstrike on convoy in October

09 December, 19:54

    Al-Baghdadi 'in Sirte after treatment in Turkey', Fars Al-Baghdadi 'in Sirte after treatment in Turkey', Fars

    TEHRAN - Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has taken refuge in Libya, Iranian news agency Fars quoted anonymous Libyan sources as saying. The Iranian news agency said that Baghdadi had previously been treated in Turkey for injuries sustained in an Iraqi airstrike in October.

    The ISIS leader, injured in the airstrike targeting a convoy in which he had been heading toward the Iraqi city Al-Karable to meet with military leaders, had initially been treated in the Syrian 'capital' of the group, Raqqa, and later transferred to Turkey.

    The Revolutionary Guards-linked agency said that the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar television station had quoted anonymous sources as saying that Baghdadi had ended up in Turkey with help from the Turkish intelligence services, coordinated by the CIA. His transfer to Gaddafi's hometown Sirte, now in rebel hands, was said to have happened to avoid capture by the Intelligence Sharing Center of Baghdad, where Iraqi, Iranian, Russian and Syrian intelligence services work together. A Libyan source called Sirte ''the safest jihadist stronghold in the world'', Fars reported.

    The agency noted that Baghdadi was allegedly injured in an attack on his convoy that killed 25 ISIS militants near the Syrian border. He was said to have been taken by fighters to Raqqa, where surgeons managed to save his life but could not provide the treatment that he required for months, and thus he was moved to Turkey.

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