ISIS Leader Baghdadi's Health Is Deteriorating, Local Media Says

The leader, unable to walk by himself, is being treated for 'fractures and serious wounds' and psychological problems in a hospital in Syria

image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reportedly suffering from deteriorating health and psychological problems, and has been admitted to a hospital in Syria, according to local media.

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.

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.