ISIS leader in convoy hit by air strikes

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Iraq’s military claims its air force struck a convoy in western Anbar province that included ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The fate of al-Baghdadi is unknown, the military statement said.

“The Iraqi airforce carried out a heroic operation by striking al-Baghdadi’s convoy while he was on his way to attend a meeting with senior ISIS leaders in Karabelah,” the statement said.

The site of the meeting was also struck and several ISIS leaders were killed or wounded, the statement said.

Claims that al-Baghdadi has been hit in airstrikes have been made twice over the past year. In November, Iraqi officials said he had been wounded in an air strike.

In March, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said the Iraqi air force wounded al-Baghdadi in an air strike on the Iraqi town of Al-Qaem.

Each time, audio recordings of al-Baghdadi showed up on social media within days after the airstrikes.

He is enemy No. 1 in the fight against ISIS, and this summer, U.S. intelligence officials said they believed al-Baghdadi was in the area of Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the self-declared Islamic State. He was also still in charge of ISIS’ operations, they said.

–CNN

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