SULAYMANIYAH: A high Kurdish counter-terrorism official mentioned on Monday he was 99 per cent certain that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and situated south of the Syrian metropolis of Raqqa, after reviews that he had been killed.
“Baghdadi is unquestionably alive. He isn’t lifeless. We now have data that he’s alive. We consider 99 per cent he’s alive,” Lahur Talabany informed a international company in an interview. “Don’t overlook his roots return to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from safety companies. He is aware of what he’s doing.”
Iraqi safety forces have ended three years of Islamic State rule within the Iraqi metropolis of Mosul, and the group is beneath rising strain in Raqqa – each strongholds within the militants’ crumbling self-proclaimed caliphate.
Nonetheless, Talabany mentioned Islamic State was shifting ways regardless of low morale and it will take three or 4 years to eradicate the group. After defeat, Islamic State would wage an insurgency and resemble al-Qaeda on ‘steroids’, he mentioned.
The longer term leaders of Islamic State had been anticipated to be intelligence officers who served beneath former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the lads credited with devising the group’s technique.
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