Iraqi strike kills several ISIS leaders

Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News 

DUHOK – The Iraqi air force on Sunday bombed a convoy for top commanders of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group, killing several leaders, Iraqi officials said.

The targeted convoy, which included the ISIS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was heading to Karabla town in northwestern Iraq. 

“The operating killed several prominent leaders of Daesh (ISIS),” an Iraqi security official told ARA News, adding that al-Baghdadi was hardly injured during the attack.

“Medical sources confirmed that Baghdadi was heavily wounded and was immediately transferred to an unknown location in Anbar province for treatment,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.

The Iraqi army said in a statement on Sunday that it targeted an ISIS convoy and a meeting for ISIS top officials, confirming that al-Baghdadi was in the convoy that was hit by an airstrike. 

“Iraqi air forces have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh (ISIS) commanders,” the statement read.

“The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group’s leaders were killed and wounded. The fate of murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear.” 

Baghdadi, head of the self-declared Caliphate, has been targeted several times by the Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition over the last few months. According to reports, the ISIS leader had survived an airstrike in the northwestern Iraqi town of al-Qa’im earlier this year. 

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

Source: ARA News 

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