ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi is se­ri­ously ill af­ter as­sas­sin poi­sons his food

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

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.

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