Iraq: We 'Hit' ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
- by: Alan Duke
- (Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:01:58 Z)
ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was wounded and is possibly killed in an aerial attack on his contact in Iraq's Anbar province, Iraq's air force claimed Sunday.
"Iraqi air forces have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh commanders," the October 11, 2015, Iraqi statement said. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The U.S. Defense Department said Sunday that it could not "corroborate or confirm the Iraqi government claim of striking or killing Baghdadi at this point."
There have been Iraqi claims in the past that al-Baghdadi had been wounded but they were never confirmed.
Some doubt about the ISIS leader's demise came from a Reuters report quoting hospital sources and residents saying that he was not among the wounded or dead from the airstrike.
#ISIL leaders killed in airstrike in western Iraqi town, #Baghdadi not among them - hospital sources and residents - Reuters-- Zeina Khodr (@ZeinakhodrAljaz) October 11, 2015
An Iraqi website claims photos it has published show a wounded al-Baghdadi.
HUGE! Tribe loyal to Iraqi gov claims ISIS leader Baghdadi is dead! Airstrike in result of Iraq-Iran-Russia coop pic.twitter.com/hpDU9HYqZw-- Fer G (@FGunay1) October 11, 2015
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