BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The infamous leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is possibly hiding out in Libya after losing his so-called ‘caliphate’ in Syria and Iraq, The Daily Express said on Sunday.
According to the publication, the British Royal Air Force is currently searching for the terrorist leader throughout the North African nation.
The report said British fighter jets, along with aircraft operated by Italian and US militaries, were carrying out round-the-clock sorties in search of the ABB, the code name being used to identify Baghdadi as a target. It said anyone killing or capturing the Daesh leader would receive $25million (£19million) as a bounty on his head.
The RAF jets are being scrambled from Waddington in Lincolnshire, in eastern England, to collate signals and intelligence on individuals and groups who might support the 48-year-old Daesh leader.
The British authorities allege that they have some ‘reliable’ intelligence that the Daesh chief has escaped Baghouz in eastern Syria and moved on to Libya.
“It is reliable intel, but it needs to be verified,” said a military source, adding, “the air component operation is delivering high-grade intelligence and we can map names and groups to people we known that have been or are part of ABB’s inner circle.”