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Iraqi official says wounded IS chief alive in Syria

AFP  |  Baghdad 

An Iraqi said the Islamic State group's al-is alive and being treated at a field hospital in after being wounded in an air strike.

"We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organisation that al-is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern Jazira region, said Abu Ali al-Basri, quoted today in the government daily As-

IS retains a significant presence in the desert plains of northeastern Syria's Hasakeh province despite having lost most of its cross-border "caliphate" which once also covered a third of neighbouring

Basri said that was suffering from "injuries, and fractures to the body and legs that prevent him from walking without assistance".

The had been wounded in "air raids against IS strongholds in Iraq".

Iraqi authorities last week published a list of "internationally wanted terrorist leaders" headed by the self-proclaimed IS "caliph", born in 1971, under the name Ali

Last June, said it had probably killed in a late May air raid near Raqa in Syria, but later said it was still trying to verify his fate.

In September, an American said the was still alive and probably hiding in eastern Syria's

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:25 IST