By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 9 December 2015:
Reports that the head of the so-called Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is in . . .[restrict]Sirte are not true, the Libya Herald has been informed by a reliable source linked to the town.
The reports, from an Iranian agency, suggested he had moved from Karbala in Iraq, having been wounded there, to Raqqa in Syria, then – supposedly with Turkish and CIA help – to Turkey for treatment, and from there to Libya.
Top international IS officials had in Sirte, the sources said, but they had all left following last month’s attacks in Paris, fearing Qaddafi’s hometown would be targeted in French airstrikes. They were now in Nufaliya and Hawara and places further south, the source said. However, Baghdadi had not been among them, he added. [/restrict]