BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is allegedly hiding in the desert of Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate, the Arabic-language Al-Maaloumeh news website claimed this past weekend.
Citing an Iraqi intelligence source from Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), Al-Baghdadi is being sheltered inside a tunnel in the Al-Husayiyat region of Ratbah near the the Syrian border.
Ratbah is a desert town located in rural Al-Anbar; it was one of the last areas controlled by the Islamic State inside of Iraq.
Since the fall of the Baghouz region in eastern Syria, there have been many rumors regarding the whereabouts of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Many sources believe the terrorist leader is currently hiding in the desert region that stretches between Iraq and Syria, while others have claimed Al-Baghdadi is somewhere inside Syria’s Badiya Al-Sham area that is located west of Al-Mayadeen.