July 17, 2017
A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official has claimed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and hiding in Syria.
Lahur Talabany said he was 99 per cent sure that al-Baghdadi, who was reported to have been killed in an airstrike in Iraq, is still in the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria.
He said: ‘Don’t forget his roots go back to al-Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.’
Talbany also warned that despite recent setbacks and loss of territory, ISIS is preparing for a ‘different fight’ and will soon be an ‘Al-Qaeda on steroids’.
He added: ‘They are getting ready for a different fight I think. We have a lot tougher days ahead of us than people think. ‘Al Qaeda on steroids.
‘We saw why they were smarter. Al Qaeda never controlled any territory. They will be smarter.’
This article was posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 9:13 am