ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seriously ill after assassin poisons his food
ISIS ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reportedly seriously ill after having his food poisoned by an assassin.
Meals prepared for the ISIS leader and three other commanders of the terrorist organisation were allegedly poisoned in the Be'aaj district, southwest of Nineveh.
A source told Iraqi news agency WAA the four are suffering from 'severe poisoning' and 'have been transferred to an unknown location under strict measures.'
The terror group have reportedly launched a campaign of arrests to track down those responsible. +1
Baghdadi is credited with transforming the breakaway al-Qaeda group turning it into the independent ISIS group that is arguably the most powerful and wealthiest jihadist organisation in the world.
Under his leadership, the group spearheaded a militant offensive that expanded into Syria in 2013 and which later overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland. Baghdadi has reportedly been wounded multiple times. Earlier this year there were reports he had been killed by US-led coalition air strikes, but they turned out to be inaccurate.
Baghdadi - whose real name is Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim - is thought to have been born in Samarra, north of Baghdad, in 1971.
Reports suggest he was a cleric in a mosque in the city around the time of the US-led invasion in 2003.