ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) Caliph Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi had reportedly been in Iraq’s Anbar Province until he recently fled to Syria, Iraqi Media reported on Monday.

After the Iraqi forces liberated the town of Qaim in western Anbar near the Syrian border, the IS leader who had been hiding in the nearby town of Rawa fled to the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal by a taxi, according to the Iraqi news outlets quoting intelligence sources.

Baghdadi declared his self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq in 2014. He has been reported dead or wounded multiple times since then. The last time Russian Air Force announced it had killed him near Raqqa in Syria, but later Pentagon said he was still alive.

The reports about Baghdadi’s death and his whereabout remain mysterious.

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