A European Security Agency Claims Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi May Have Been Arrested By Russians

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Updated on 2 Sep, 2018 at 8:59 pm


In what could be one of the biggest news of this decade, the Islamic State chief and most wanted man on the planet Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been arrested.


This is the last time Baghdadi was photographed. The photo was taken in 2014. The Mirror

The Dipartimento Europeo Sicurezza Informazioni (DESI), or European department for security and information, claimed on Tuesday that they have accurate information that the self-proclaimed Caliph has been nabbed by Syrian and Russian forces somewhere in northern Syria.

Yet DESI said that they are in the process of verifying the information from other reliable sources and will release the details only after confirmation.

According to DESI, the Islamic State chief was forced to flee Mosul, the de factor capital of the Islamic State in Iraq, after Iraqi troops besieged the city.


The Iraqi security forces succeeded in laying a siege on Mosul, the city the Islamic State made their capital. HADI MIZBAN/AP


Yet none of this is confirmed. Previous reports on his death have been found to be fake.

No one has seen Baghdadi in a really long time. There were rumors that he had died in the ongoing battle between Iraqi forces and IS but those were quashed by the Government of Iraq.

The Iraqi government, however, stated that Baghdadi is freely moving around in Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had earlier confirmed that Baghdadi had fled to Syria a long time ago.


Iraqi forces during their offensive on Mosul. Reuters

Early in March, a ‘farewell speech’ purportedly from Baghdadi was circulated among Islamic State barbarians in Iraq. In it he accepted defeat and urged every non-Arab barbarian to either detonate or go back to their homeland and wage war.