LONDON (QHA) -

The leader of the "Islamic state" Abū al-Baghdadi is plotting new attacks in Europe, the head of Kurdish intelligence Lahur Talabani reported in an interview with The Telegraph.

"We expect much more attacks on the West, which should boost morale of the fighters who suffered great losses," Talabani said.

He further noted that about 500 British jihadists are fighting against ISIS in the midst of the influence of the so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but most of them were killed during the military campaign of a coalition led by the United States aimed at the elimination of ISIS. Now al-Baghdadi, who, according to Talabani, is still alive and hiding in the desert between the Syrian and Iraqi borders, is seeking to launch a new wave of terrorist attacks on Britain and other Western countries in order to boost the morale of the surviving ISIS fighters.

Talabani went on saying that groups of young extremists may appear on the territory of Iraq if the authorities do not conduct the corresponding radical political reforms.

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