Al-Baghdadi is being treated for "fractures and serious wounds in the leg, and is unable to walk by himself," the Iraqi daily Al-Sabah quoted Abu Ali al-Basri, director general of Iraq's intelligence and counter-terrorism office at the Interior Ministry, as saying.
Al-Basri said that al-Baghdadi is still alive and living in the Syrian desert close to the Iraqi border.
"We have information and documents from our sources deep within the body of the terrorist group stating that the criminal al-Baghdadi is still alive with the help of his collaborators," al-Basri said.
The Iraqi official described al-Baghdadi's condition as "serious" and said that he suffers from diabetes, according to Al-Sabah.
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In July, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it received information confirming al-Baghdadi's death.
However, that claim has since been disputed by US and Russian leadership. There have been multiple reports of al-Baghdadi's death over the years that were later proven to be false.