Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah claimed on Friday that the chief of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was noticed in a Syrian city that it liberated this week.
Its media unit mentioned on Friday that the world’s most-wanted militant was seen throughout operations by its forces and the Syrian regime, that are being supported by the Russian air drive, within the japanese city of Abu Kamal.
The navy unit didn’t element the place it had seen him, in what situation, or what the results of his sighting was, Reuters reported.
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The U.S.-led coalition conducting air raids in opposition to ISIS in Iraq and Syria had not responded to a request for remark on the time of writing.
The Syrian navy introduced victory over ISIS within the nation on Thursday after wrestling Abu Kamal from the jihadist group, in what it mentioned was the group’s final stronghold and subsequently the “fall of the terrorist Daesh organization’s project in the region.”
But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.Ok.-based monitoring group, mentioned on Friday that ISIS fighters had recaptured half of the city.
The forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are persevering with to battle ISIS militants in desert areas surrounding Abu Kamal, the place it nonetheless controls greater than two dozen villages, SOHR chief Rami Abdelrahman tells Newsweek.
For months, hypothesis has raged about Baghdadi’s standing as conflicting accounts emerged about his whereabouts and whether or not he stays alive.
ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi making his first public look at a mosque within the heart of Iraq’s second-largest metropolis, Mosul, in response to a video recording posted on-line on July 5, 2014. Reuters/Social Media Website through Reuters TV
The Russian Defense Ministry mentioned in June that it had killed Baghdadi in a May airstrike close to the japanese metropolis of Raqqa.
The U.S.-led coalition on the time mentioned it had seen no proof that he was alive. But Kurdish intelligence chiefs mentioned they have been “99 percent” certain that he remained alive.
ISIS, in September, launched an audio message purporting to be from Baghdadi, the primary broadcast he had issued in 11 months. He referred to as for the group’s supporters to proceed preventing in its identify regardless of its battlefield losses.
The U.S. has issued a $25 million reward for any info resulting in Baghdadi’s seize or demise.
He is the person who introduced the creation of the Islamic State, a self-declared caliphate for the world’s Muslims, from the pulpit of the well-known Al-Nuri Mosque within the northern Iraqi metropolis of Mosul.
The speech, delivered in July 2014, energized 1000’s of Muslims world wide to journey to Iraq and Syria and to take up arms for the militant group. In the years since, ISIS has suffered a sequence of territorial defeats and 1000’s of militants have both been killed or have sought to return dwelling.