BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi reportedly attempted to cross into Iraq from neighboring Syria this month.
Speaking to Russia Today, an Iraqi intelligence officer said that the Iraqi armed forces managed to block the terrorist leader’s entry into Iraq from Syria, forcing him to return to the vast desert region of the Homs Governorate.
“Al-Baghdadi has been trying to enter Iraq for weeks, but he could not due to the strict security measures applied on the Iraqi-Syrian border,” the officer told Russia Today on condition of anonymity, as cited by Iraqi News.
He claimed that Baghdadi is currently hiding in Jabal Abu Rajmin with some of his supporters near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
Prior to this claim by an Iraqi intelligence officer, the Russian intelligence officers claimed that the whereabouts of the Islamic State were unknown at this time.
Al-Baghdadi has been declared dead on several occasions in the past; however, recent reports indicate that the terrorist leader is still alive and hiding in eastern Syria.