ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and is currently hiding in Syria but not in Raqqa, Interior Ministry’s Hawks Cell announced on Sunday.
In press statements, Abu Ali al-Basri, head of Hawks Cell, said that the cell denies Baghdadi’s death.
Al-Basri noted that the reports, published recently, claiming the death of ISIS leader, are groundless.
ISIS is expected to target some of world’s capitals soon after it has been defeated in Mosul and inflicted with heavy losses in Syria, he warned.
Al-Basri stated that ISIS sent sleeper cells to many cities of the world from Syria via Turkey illegally to create chaos in these cities.
These cells receive funding from extremist clerics who have political and economic agendas, he added.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States could not prove that Baghdadi was dead.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had “confirmed information” that Baghdadi had been killed, but Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.
Source: The Baghdad Post