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Barr rules to keep asylum seekers in detention during deportation proceedings

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Attorney General William Barr has ruled that asylum seekers facing removal who show they have a “credible fear” of being returned to their homeland will no longer be eligible for release on bond — meaning they will have to remain in detention while their cases are pending.

The decision is Barr’s first immigration-related ruling since being confirmed as attorney general and comes as the Trump administration clamps down on illegal immigration amid a surge at the border. The attorney general has the authority to overturn prior rulings made by immigration courts, which fall under the Justice Department.

COURT TEMPORARILY BLOCKS HALT TO TRUMP POLICY FORCING ASYLUM-SEEKERS TO STAY IN MEXICO 

“The question presented is whether aliens who are originally placed in expedited proceedings and then transferred to full proceedings after establishing a credible fear become eligible for bond upon transfer. I conclude that such aliens remain ineligible for bond, whether they are arriving at the border or are apprehended in the United States,” the decision states.

The ruling was almost immediately panned by civil rights and immigration rights groups, with the American Civil Liberties Union calling it unconstitutional and vowing to sue.

“This is the Trump administration’s latest assault on people fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in the United States,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement. “Our Constitution does not allow the government to lock up asylum seekers without basic due process. We’ll see the administration in court.”

Barr’s ruling pertains to those who clear a “credible fear” interview and are facing removal.

The decision doesn’t affect asylum-seeking families because they generally can’t be held for longer than 20 days. It also doesn’t apply to unaccompanied minors.

Barr’s ruling takes effect in 90 days and comes amid a frustrating time for the administration as the number of border crossers has skyrocketed. Most of them are families from Central America who are fleeing violence and poverty. Many seek asylum.

There were a total of 161,000 asylum applications filed in the last fiscal year and 46,000 in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts.

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Sarah Pierce, policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute, said the number of decisions by immigration judges that the administration of President Trump has referred to itself for review is unprecedented. The administration — under both Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions — has reviewed a total of 10 immigration rulings. That’s compared to four under all of President Barack Obama’s tenure and nine during George W. Bush’s.

“This has been a really unprecedented use of power to influence the immigration system,” Pierce said.

Fox News’ Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Latest: Peruvian President Vizcarra: Ex-leader died

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The Latest on former Peruvian President Alan García (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Officials say former Peruvian President Alan García is dead after shooting himself in the head as police came to detain him in connection with a corruption probe.

Current President Martinez Vizcarra said the 69-year-old head of state died Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery at the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in Peru’s capital.

Garcia was a populist firebrand who twice ruled Peru and more recently was under investigation related to Latin America’s largest graft probe.

Prosecutors said they believed the former president received more than $100,000 from Odebrecht, disguised as a payment to speak at a conference in Brazil.

Garcia professed his innocence and said he was being targeted politically.

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Former Peruvian President Alan García underwent emergency surgery Wednesday after shooting himself in the head as police attempted to detain him amid corruption allegations in Latin America’s largest graft probe.

Health Minister Zulema Tomás said doctors provided cardiac resuscitation three times and were proceeding to operate on the 69-year-old former head of state at the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in Peru’s capital city of Lima.

“The situation is very critical,” Tomás said. “It’s grave.”

Local television program ‘Hablemos Claro’ reported that when police arrived to García’s residence to arrest him, the ex-president shut himself in his room and attempted to take his life.

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FDA halts sale of pelvic mesh after years of injury reports

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U.S. health regulators on Tuesday halted sales of a type of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic conditions in women, following years of patients’ reports of injuries and complications from the implants.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered the two remaining makers of the mesh — Boston Scientific and Coloplast — to stop selling it immediately, saying the companies failed to show the mesh is safe for long-term use. Several other major manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, previously stopped making the mesh.

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The FDA action does not apply to surgical mesh used to treat other conditions such as hernias or incontinence.

Boston Scientific said it was “deeply disappointed” by the agency’s decision, which the company said “will severely limit treatment options” for women. Coloplast, based in Denmark, declined to comment.

Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against mesh manufacturers by women who have reported pain, bleeding and infection tied to the devices. In some cases, the mesh can shift out of place, puncturing internal organs or the abdomen wall. Those problems sometimes require multiple surgeries to remove or reposition the mesh.

Starting in the 1990s, gynecologists adapted surgical mesh to treat pelvic collapse in women, which can cause the bladder or reproductive organs to slip out of place, causing pain, constipation and urinary issues. The FDA first approved the mesh specifically for that use in 2002 and manufacturers promoted mesh as a way to speed patients’ recovery time compared to surgery with stitches.

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But the FDA received thousands of reports of injuries and issued a series of warnings. In 2016, the agency reclassified the mesh as high-risk.

The agency said Tuesday that women with the pelvic mesh should continue regular checkups. There is no need to have the mesh removed if patients are not having problems or symptoms. The FDA order applies to mesh that is inserted through the vagina with a small incision, not mesh inserted through the abdomen with a larger incision.

About 1 in 8 women in the US undergo some form of surgery to treat pelvic collapse problems, according to the FDA. Regulators said use of the mesh targeted by their latest action has decreased in recent years due to safety concerns.

Pelvic mesh is the latest medical device for women to have safety issues long after they were approved. Last year, the FDA placed heavy restrictions on the birth control implant Essure, which was tied to allergic reactions, pain and bleeding. Its manufacturer, Bayer, subsequently pulled it from the market. Previously, the FDA warned against using a surgical tool for removing uterine fibroids because it could inadvertently spread cancer.

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Like most medical devices on the market, the FDA approved pelvic mesh through a regulatory pathway that reviews new products based on their similarities to decades-old devices already on the market, rather than new testing in patients.

Last November, the FDA announced plans to revamp that system so that medical devices would use more up-to-date technology.

Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen said in an investment note that Boston Scientific’s two pelvic mesh products generated about $25 million in 2018, or less than a fraction of a percent of the company’s annual sales.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington claims he almost lost a body part while filming dragon scene

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“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington says he nearly lost his manhood — well, at least a part of it — while filming a wild scene in the Season 8 premiere.

Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the popular HBO show which began it’s eighth and final season on Sunday, revealed in a behind-the-scenes clip that almost lost his right testicle while filming the scene where his character rides one of Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) dragons.

The actor, 32, explained he had to ride a mechanical bull-type machine that the show’s CGI professionals would later transform into a dragon. While Clarke has become accustomed to riding on the “buck,” Harington, on the other hand, has not.

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“Buck work is not easy,” he began. “I think what sums up the buck for me was there was a bit where Jon almost falls off. The dragon swings around really violently, like this, and my right ball got trapped, and I didn’t have time to say ‘Stop!’ And I was being swung around.”

“In my head, I thought, ‘This is how it ends, on this buck, swinging me around by my testicles, literally.’”

“Sorry. Probably too much information,” Harington added with a grin as people behind the camera began to giggle.

Thankfully, Harington remained intact.

In a separate interview, the actor revealed he was blown away by Clarke when he first met the “Mother of Dragons.”

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“I remember the first time I ever saw her,” Harrington told Esquire for the magazine’s cover story. “She came into the Fitzwilliam bar. I had been talking to Rich Madden at the bar and he went, ‘I’ve just met the new Daenerys. She’s gorgeous.’ And I was like, ‘Really? I haven’t met her yet.’ And then she came in and I saw her and was like, ‘Wow.’”

“She takes your breath away when she walks into a room, Emilia,” he added.

The first episode of the final season of was a record-breaker for the series and HBO. The 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga.

Fox News’ Ann W. Schmidt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump legal team prepares Mueller counter-report, focusing on obstruction allegations

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President Trump’s legal team is preparing to issue a rebuttal to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday, to refute any allegations of obstruction against the president, Fox News has learned.

A source close to Trump’s legal team told Fox News on Wednesday that the president’s lawyers have been working on a counter-report in anticipation of any obstruction of justice claims in the report, which is slated to be released to the public on Thursday.

MUELLER REPORT EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED THURSDAY MORNING

According to Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary released last month of Mueller’s report, the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel also reviewed whether the president obstructed justice, but ultimately did not come to a conclusion on the topic, instead leaving the decision up to the Justice Department.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the evidence from the case was “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

But related allegations could still surface in the Mueller report itself, even without a final determination from the special counsel.

“They assumed all along that there was going to be a finding of no collusion, so the rebuttal is about obstruction,” the source said. “They are preparing a rebuttal to presumed allegations which will be refuted.”

The source said the legal team originally laid out their rebuttal in response to written questions asked by Mueller’s team of the president.

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“They knew where Mueller was headed,” the source said, referring to the obstruction of justice questions.

The special counsel’s team finalized questions for the president last May. Trump and his legal team provided a written response to those questions by November.

The questions, obtained by Fox News at the time, covered a wide range of topics, including whether the president had knowledge of contacts between former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with the former Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak; the topics and comments made during meetings with former FBI Director James Comey before he was fired; his interactions with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his feelings regarding his recusal from the Russia investigation; and the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, among others.

Trump’s top lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said Tuesday that a counter-report is in the works, and that the team is putting the finishing touches on it. Giuliani said it would be dozens of pages long, but did not detail what the counter-report would focus on. Giuliani said that the report would be released hours after Mueller’s report is made available to the public.

The Justice Department said that the much-anticipated Russia report would be released to both the public and Congress on Thursday morning, with redactions, despite mounting calls from Democrats to release the report to Congress without redactions.

TRUMP MAINTAINS ‘NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION,’ SAYS IT’S TIME TO ‘INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS’ IN RUSSIA PROBE

Barr, though, said he identified four areas of the report that he believed should be redacted—including grand jury material, information the intelligence community believes would reveal intelligence sources and methods, any material that could interfere with ongoing prosecutions and information that could implicate the privacy or reputational interests of “peripheral players.”

Barr said the Justice Department, with the help of the special counsel’s office, plans to “color code the decisions from the report and provide explanatory notes describing the basis for each redaction.”

Barr maintained that the Justice Department has been working “diligently to make as much information as possible available to Congress.”

Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Japanese science university professor taught students how to make ecstasy: report

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A 61-year-old science college professor in Japan channeled his inner Walter White when he allegedly taught his students how to manufacture ecstasy to “further their knowledge” of pharmaceuticals.

Tatsunori Iwamura, a professor at Matsuyama University in Ehime prefecture, faces up to 10 years in prison for showing his pharmaceutical students to make MDMA – commonly known as ecstasy – as well as “designer drug” 5f-QUPIC, the Kyodo News Agency reported.

Sources told the news agency that Iwamura allegedly instructed his students to make ecstasy in 2013, despite not being licensed to produce the drug for academic purposes.

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Japan requires researchers to obtain a license from regional authorities to manufacture illegal drugs for academic purposes. Kyodo reported that Iwamura’s government-issued license had expired.

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Eleven of Iwamura’s former students were suspected of being involved in producing the illegal drugs, the university told Kyodo news. Four of those students, plus an assistant professor, are under investigation by prosecutors.

The drugs they produced have not been found, but traces of other drugs were discovered in the laboratory used by Iwamura and his students.

“We sincerely apologize for causing major concern to students and their parents,” said Tatsuya Mizogami, president of the university, in a statement.

He added that the university will take disciplinary action against Iwamura and the assistant professor, who has not been identified.

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Iwamura has been conducting research on what are called dangerous drugs in Japan, sources told the Kyodo news agency.

Walter White is the main character in the critically acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad. White, a mild-mannered chemistry teacher played by Bryan Cranston, turns to a life of drug manufacturing and dealing in a desperate bid to earn money after learning he has terminal cancer.

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Electric Jaguar I-Pace named World Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show

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The Jaguar I-Pace electric utility vehicle picked up three awards at the New York International Auto Show, including the coveted World Car of the Year title.

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The Jaguar I-Pace starts at $70,545. (Jaguar)

The $70,525 luxury vehicle has a range of 234 miles per charge and beat the electric Audi E-Tron and Volvo S60/V60 for the honor. It was also named Car Design and Green Car of the Year.

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The McLaren 720S has a top speed of 212 mph and starts at $285,000. (McLaren)

Audi did manage to nab the Luxury Car award with its A7 fastback sedan, while the McLaren 720S was named Sports Car of the Year.

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The Jimny is the successor the Suzuki Samurai. (Suzuki)

The Suzuki Jimny SUV, which is the successor to the infamous Suzuki Samurai and not sold in the United States, was chosen as the Urban Car of the Year, despite being a bare-bones off-roader.

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Hypersonic nukes and lasers that make you vomit, hallucinate and go blind – terrifying weapons that could be unleashed in World War 3

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With killer tech getting more advanced by the day, it can be tough to keep up with who’s building the next game-changing deadly weapon.

The world’s biggest militaries have built some weird stuff along the way, including autonomous drone swarms and even a laser that makes you puke.

Here are five of the most terrifying weapons being developed today.

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1) Drone armies

Swarms of tiny drones driven by blood-thirsty AI could one day dominate the battlefield.

They’ll survey the sky and pick out targets for bigger weapons, but may carry small firearms or explosives of their own.

A Russian military research group recently released clips of deadly drone swarms bombing targets information.

The robots are designed to assist Russian infantry, and are currently controlled by a human remotely.

However, in future the tech will be fully autonomous, meaning it can target and kill enemies without needing help from a human.

The United States military is designing similar tech. In 2017, officials unleashed a swarm of robotic flying machines in the skies over California as part of military tests.

2) “Vomit lasers”

The Russian Navy is testing a sinister new weapon that makes enemies hallucinate and throw up by dazzling them.

The 5P-42 Filin, a futuristic dazzler-type device, can cause troops to miss their targets by blinding them.

It can even trigger delirious conditions that make them want to be sick, according to reports.

The Filin – meaning Eagle Owl – equipment can fire a strobe-like beam that disrupts an opponent’s eyesight, hindering their ability to aim a weapon at night.

It is also capable of “effectively suppressing” night vision technology, laser distance sensors and range-finding systems for anti-tank missiles from as far as three miles (5km), according to manufacturer Ruselectronics.

Described as a non-lethal weapon, the equipment has been fitted to two warships, the Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Kasatonov, part of Russia’s Northern Sea fleet.

The reports come from state-owned Russian media outlets though – so do take them with a pinch of salt.

3) Space guns

As space travel becomes cheaper and easier, it’s almost inevitable that battlefields will spread into space.

This will likely first take the form of missiles that breach our atmosphere before crashing back down to Earth – making them trickier to detect and shoot down.

Spaceplanes that can soar beyond orbit and carry out missile strikes or deliveries are almost certain to follow.

Donald Trump has already set out his plans for a military presence in space with the creation of a “Space Force”.

Michael Griffin, the Pentagon’s defense undersecretary for research and engineering, said the U.S. may create a satellite capable of firing lasers in future.

4) Hypersonic nukes

Hypersonic missiles can travel at five times the speed of sound and are almost impossible to defend against.

That’s because they’re so quick that missile defence systems simply can’t keep up.

It’s feared they will make these systems totally redundant.

They can be loaded with nuclear warheads, which has led to calls to ban the weapons from concerned campaigners.

A think tank called the RAND Corporation recently issued an urgent briefing about “hypersonic missiles”.

Analysts fear they will make war more likely by putting rival nations on “hair-trigger states of readiness”.

China, Russia and the US are all working at lightning speed to be the first to develop a hypersonic missile.

Each have prototypes in the works, but none has a working one as far as we can tell – though at this point it’s only a matter of time.

5) Killer robots

Killer robots come in many shapes and sizes, but however they line up against you, we suggest running away sharpish.

Autonomous tanks are being developed by several nations, including America, Russia and China.

They can pick out targets on the battlefield and lay down fire without the need of any human help.

It’s got tech boffins worried that AI will one day spell the end for the human race.

Last month, billionaire Bill Gates warned that the threat AI poses to humanity is similar to that of nuclear weapons.

He said intelligent machines have the potential to both save and destroy the human race.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Beto O’Rourke defends Ilhan Omar, assails Trump as ‘racist’ as his celebrity status wanes

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Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke assailed President Trump as a “racist” for criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over her remarks that appeared to downplay the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Speaking at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, O’Rourke said Trump was “hateful” and incited violence against Muslims.

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“He’s trying to incite hatred, Islamophobia and, I would argue, violence against her and other Muslims in this country,” O’Rourke said.

“This is the test of all tests for us. It’s not just that he is partisan, it’s not just that he is divisive. He is hateful. He is racist. He has encouraged the worst tendencies amongst our fellow Americans.

“Unless we can beat him in November of 2020, it will continue. Unless we offer a compelling, profoundly powerful alternative to hatred and division and fear and anger, it will continue.”

“He is hateful. He is racist. He has encouraged the worst tendencies amongst our fellow Americans.”

— Beto O’Rourke

His comments came after Omar’s remarks last month at a Muslim advocacy group’s fundraiser, where she appeared to refer to the 9/11 attacks by saying “some people did something.” The description prompted criticism from Trump, who shared a video of her comments together with the footage of the terror attacks.

But O’Rourke’s latest attempt to directly confront Trump follows his diminishing stardom and the rising stock of Mayor Pete Butttigieg — who has lately received similar media coverage as O’Rourke during the Texas Senate election last year.

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A new poll released Monday has Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field, while former Vice President Joe Biden is in the second place, though he still hasn’t declared his candidacy.

Buttigieg, meanwhile ranked third ahead of O’Rourke, Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, according to an Emerson Polling poll.

This is a downgrade for O’Rourke after he was ranked third in a poll just a few weeks ago. He also raised an eye-popping $6 million in his first 24 hours as a candidate.

Since then, however, he has been subjected to a more critical coverage than during the Senate bid, leading to a decline of his chances.

At another event in Virginia on Tuesday, O’Rourke was confronted by a voter about his charitable giving after his recently released tax returns showed he and his wife gave away just a tiny fraction of their income.

The filings show the couple had given $1,166 to charity in 2017 despite having a combined income of $370,412, which calculates to roughly one-third of 1 percent of their income.

According to a Washington Post reporter, a student who attended the town hall at the University of Virginia asked the former Texas representative why her sister, who was a recent college graduate, donated more to charity while making much less than he and his wife.

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O’Rourke responded by saying he does his best to give back to communities, but noted that some of the ways he gives back are “immeasurable.”

“I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, of my state, and now, of my country. There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we have donated to that we have not,” he said.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Newly found letter from ISIS operatives offers more clues to Baghdadi being alive

The status of the most wanted man in the world remains unknown, but authorities are continuing to piece together clues indicating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is at least alive.

Documents revealed this month by The Sunday Times showed that ISIS leadership had not only tasked members with “bringing in migrants” as a means to funnel finances and fighters from the crumpled “caliphate” in Syria into Europe and orchestrate attacks, but one letter in-particular among the document trove was specifically addressed to Baghdadi.

The December-dated letter, reportedly signed by six leaders, detailed the terrorist outfit’s blueprint for operations in the wake of lost territory – ranging from bank robberies to computer hacking to vehicle rammings. Another letter to Baghdadi late last year, signed by ISIS commander Abu Taher al-Tajiki, lays out an array of potential target sites for striking in Europe.

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The letters underscore that not only is ISIS seemingly devoted to overseeing global attacks, but that its shadowy commander still pulls rank.

“The latest information is that he is still in the Syrian desert, and could not enter into the Iraqi side because of concerns about evading the security measures on the borders,” Sabah al Namaan, Baghdadi’s spokesperson for the counterterrorism agency, told Fox News late last month, stressing that finding the shadowy figure remains of critical importance due to the “symbolic significance” Baghdadi holds in governing the brutal terrorist outfit.

Hisham al Hashimi, a member of the National Reconciliation Commission and a researcher in extremism and terrorism affairs in Iraq, who advises Baghdad and several foreign governments on terrorist activity, said the latest security analysis has pinpointed Baghdadi in “three possible locations.” Two of those are in the arid Syrian wasteland – Tadmur or Homs desert – and the third is just over the border, on the Iraq side.

“All these locations are very wide and very large with around 200 square miles,” Hashimi noted. “He is a specialist at knowing how to survive, using different disguises and only with two people – his brother and his driver – with him.”

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Smoke rises from the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 18, 2019. (Reuters)

He also pointed out that the assumption was that Baghdadi was never in Baghouz, the final Syrian battle zone which fell last month, during the fight, but is believed to have “motivated” his fighters prior to the last showdown.

Baghdadi remains the world’s most wanted man, with the United States continuing to offer up to $25 million for information leading to his location. While most of his closest aides and confidantes have been slaughtered in the years of intense fighting, the leader is broadly believed to be alive, and still very much in the sights of U.S., SDF and Iraq elite forces.

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He is also believed to have survived a coup effort from within his own ranks in January when several senior fighters attempted to oust him by leading him from his hideout into a firefight with foreign fighters. But he was reportedly whisked away by his security.

The elusive terror chieftain, who is around 47 years old, has only ever made one known public appearance. That was in July 2014 when he surfaced at the historic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul to declare himself the “caliph” in the weeks after the group took control of Iraq’s second-largest city.

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Since then, unproven claims of Baghdadi’s death have run the discourse from time to time.

“Until a body is found,” one high-ranking Iraqi intel chief said. “We believe is alive.”

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