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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.

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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.

 

 

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http://news.yahoo.com/coalition-planes-strike-leaders-near-mosul-us-202041046.html
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-klein/leader-of-jihadist-onslaught-in-iraq-released-on-obamas-watch/
http://news.yahoo.com/abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-jihadist-caliph-164956408.html