The Arabic-language website of the Sputnik News Agency quoted a source as saying on Sunday that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is presently being protected by the American forces in a secret place in the eastern Euphrates region.
The Sputnik source said that the U.S. is waiting for an opportunity to conduct a heliborne operation in southeastern Deir Ezzor and declare the capture of Al-Baghdadi and end of ISIL on film.
The source insisted that the time for the “above-mentioned theater is close”, adding that the American forces have held SDF back from further advances in ISIL-occupied regions in Eastern Euphrates to play the scenario.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the country would likely announce next week that all of the ISIL terrorist group caliphate had been retaken in Syria and Iraq.
“It should be formally announced, sometime probably next week, that we’ll have 100 percent of the caliphate,” Trump stated during his remarks at a ministerial meeting of US-led coalition member states.
Earlier, the American president said during his second State of the Union address that it was time to return US troops deployed in Syria back home.
In December, Trump declared the ISIL terrorist group defeated in Syria, and announced the US troop pullout from the country but gave no timeline.