Islamic State chief’s condition unknown after Iraqi airstrike

It is not known if Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hurt in an airstrike that struck his convoy near the Iraqi-Syrian border, the Iraqi army says.

Iraq’s security forces say in a joint statement that they “carried out a heroic operation targeting the convoy of the criminal terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

But the statement adds: “His health status is unknown.”

Iraqi security sources have previously claimed that Baghdadi had been injured or killed in strikes in the past but the claims were either never verified or later denied.

The statement says Iraqi aircraft struck Baghdadi’s convoy as it was “moving towards Karabla [some five kilometers from the Syrian border] to attend a meeting of the Daesh [IS] terrorist leaders.”


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