After being presumed dead on more than one occasion, the depraved extremist re-emerged in an audio recording in September 2017.
Who is Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
The terror chief is believed to have been born in Samarra, north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, in 1971.
He was reportedly a cleric in a mosque when the city was invaded by US-led forces in 2003.
While reports differ on when al-Baghdadi was radicalised, it has been suggested that he was brainwashed in Camp Bucca, a US prison in southern Iraq.
He was previously the leader of extremist group al-Qaeda in Iraq which eventually transformed into ISIS in 2010.
Al-Baghdadi’s only known public appearance on video was in 2014 when he delivered a sermon in Mosul, Iraq.
The so-called “caliphate” had been declared by the sinister terror chief and his followers earlier that year.
Nicknamed the “invisible sheikh”, al-Baghdadi reportedly wears a mask while speaking to his sick band of thugs, reports the BBC.
Before September, 2017, the last known message from al-Baghdadi was in December, 2016.
Since the terror boss' disappearance, ISIS have suffered heavy defeats in Iraq, Syria and Libya – including losing control of Mosul in July, 2017.
There have also been numerous unsubstantiated reports of the death cult leader's demise over the years.
In November reports emerged out of Iraq that Baghdadi had fled the country in a yellow taxi while at the same time ordering remaining militants to fight to the death.
An intelligence source told the Iraqi Media News Agency how the terror chief picked out the unusual vehicle in a bid to avoid suspicion.
On August 14, it was reported that al-Baghdadi was "clinically dead" after an airstrike and that he has been replaced by a murderous fanatic called Abu Othman al-Tunisi.
Is al-Baghdadi alive or dead?
Syrian soldiers are currently on a mission to track down the elusive ISIS terror chief.
The shadowy leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is hiding in the desert after fleeing an attempted coup by fellow militants vying to control the terror group.
Al-Baghdadi – who has been reported killed or wounded on a number of occasions – is believed to have survived the firefight, according to a report.
The Guardian says the fugitive Isis leader managed to flee foreign fighters from his inner circle while in his eastern Syrian hideout, as his bodyguards shepherded him to safety in the nearby deserts.
ISIS is so keen to have the alleged coup leader, Abu Muath al-Jazairi, killed, that the extremist group has put a bounty on his head, The Guardian adds.
The clash reportedly occurred on January 10 in a village near Hajin, in the Euphrates River valley, where between 1,000 and 1,500 militants are believed to be living in a 20 sq mile area, near Syria’s border with Iraq.
It’s a far cry from the 34,000 sq miles of territory from western Syria to eastern Iraq the terror group once controlled.
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