A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State
in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was reported to have been in the Syrian town of Boukamal during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it. The military unit did not say what had happened to al-Baghdadi, give further details, or identify its sources. Syria's army declared victory over ISIS on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists' last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year rule in the region. But the army and its allies are still fighting the militant group in desert areas close to Boukamal near the border with Iraq, the Syrian army said on Thursday. Fighting continues in BoukamalOn Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State
has taken back control of half of Boukamal.