Iraqi Intel: ISIS leader is hiding near Palmyra

Iraqi Intel: ISIS leader is hiding near Palmyra

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is currently hiding in the mountainous area of Abu Rujmayn southeast of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an Iraqi intelligence official revealed.

Abu Rujmayn is a part of the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. The desert is considered the last ISIS stronghold in Syria.

Speaking to Russia Today, an Iraqi intelligence official 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.

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The Iraqi official said that al-Baghdadi is currently surrounded by few loyal terrorists from Iraq, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

The Muslim terrorist has failed to cross into Iraq so far due to the strict Syrian and Iraqi security measures in the border area, according to the Iraqi official.

Al-Baghdadi has been declared dead on several occasions in the past; however, if he is indeed hiding in the Homs desert, he will likely be eliminated or even captured by the Syrian forces and its allies soon.