BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi allegedly survived a coup attempt by fellow ISIS members in eastern Syria last month, the Guardian reported this week, citing regional intelligence officials.
According to the report, Al-Baghdadi was in his former stronghold of Hajin on January 10th when disgruntled foreign members of the Islamic State plotted to overthrow the terrorist leader.
The Guardian said that a fierce battle broke out between Al-Baghdadi’s bodyguards and the disgruntled foreign fighters, prompting the ISIS leader to flee to the desert region near the eastern part of the Euphrates River Valley.
“They got wind of it just in time,” an intelligence official told the Guardian. “There was a clash and two people were killed. This was the foreign fighter element, some of his most trusted people.”
The Islamic State has allegedly offered a bounty to whoever kills the mastermind of the plot Abu Mu’ath Al-Jaza’iri, an Algerian member of the terrorist organization.
Despite these allegations, there is little information to suggest that Al-Baghdadi’s rule over the terrorist organization is currently under any serious threat by other members.