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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, an Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Iraq and Syria –Image: AFP.


Pursuant to reports from CENTCOM, a US-led coalition targeted leaders of the Islamic State traveling together in a militarized convoy near the city of Mosul in Iraq in a ‘series of airstrikes”.

While claims have surfaced that leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in during the airstrikes on the convoy of ten armored vehicles, the reports of his demise have yet to be confirmed.


US Central Command confirmed that coalition aircraft conducted a ‘series of airstrikes’ against ‘a gathering of ISIL leaders near Mosul.’

A convoy of 10 armoured vehicles from the group also known as ISIL was destroyed.

‘We cannot confirm if ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present,’ CENTCOM spokesman Patrick Ryder said in his statement, using another acronym by which the group is known. …

Al-Arabiya TV reported Baghdadi had been wounded, while a local Iraqi channel said one of his aides was killed….

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There is a $10 million bounty of the head of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former Gitmo detainee considered more powerful than Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was released by Barack Obama in 2009.