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ISIS supremo Baghdadi wounded in US air strikes

Posted by :) on November 10, 2014

Source – TOI

Iraqi officials on Sunday said air strikes by USled coalition warplanes had wounded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chief of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded.Iraq’s defence and interior ministries issued statements late in the night saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without elaborating. The confirmation came hours after reports suggested the 43year-old al-Baghdadi might have been killed in the strikes carried out on Saturday .

An interior ministry intelligence official said al-Baghdadi was hit during a meeting on Saturday with militants in the town of Qaim in Iraq’s western Anbar province. The official, citing informants within the militant group, said the strikes wounded al-Baghdadi. A senior Iraqi military official also said he learnt in operational meetings that alBaghdadi had been wounded.

Neither knew the extent of al-Baghdadi’s apparent injuries. Both spoke on condition of anonymity .

Baghdadi was declared “supreme leader“ of ISIS in May 2010. US has offered a $10 million reward for Baghdadi’s capture, and some analysts say he is increasingly seen as more powerful than al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.Al-Baghdadi, an ambitious Iraqi militant, has a $10 million US bounty on his head. Since taking the reins of the jihadist group, he has transformed it from a local branch of al-Qaida into an independent transnational military force, positioning himself as perhaps the pre-eminent figure in the global jihadi community .

A US-led coalition has been launching airstrikes on ISIS militants and facilities in Iraq and Syria for months as part of an effort to give Iraqi forces the time and space to mount a more effective offensive.

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