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Iraq claims IS chief Baghdadi hit in air raid
Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq claimed Sunday to have struck a convoy carrying Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air raid near the Syrian border but said his fate was unknown.
Iraqi aircraft hit Baghdadi's convoy as it was "moving towards Karabla to attend a meeting of the Daesh (IS) terrorist leaders," an Iraqi security statement said.
Karabla is on the Euphrates barely five kilometres (three miles) from the Syrian border in western Anbar, a vast Iraqi province which has long been a Sunni insurgent stronghold.
The statement issued by Iraq's "war media cell" said Baghdadi was "transported in a vehicle" after the strike but added that "his health status was unknown".
The meeting place was also struck in the operation and several IS leaders already gathered there were killed or wounded, it said.
Interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan told AFP that "the strike was yesterday (Saturday) at noon".
In Washington, a US military official said: "We've seen the Iraqi statement about al-Baghdadi but have no info that confirms it."
Baghdadi's death would give the war against the most violent jihadist organisation in modern history a much-needed boost, but such claims have been made in the past.
The statement issued by Iraq's "war media cell" said Baghdadi was "transported in a vehicle" after the strike but added that "his health status was unknown."
As many times as it take for the murdering psychopath to assume room temperature.
originally posted by: intrptr
originally posted by: IAMTAT
originally posted by: smurfy
How many times does Al-Baghdadi need to die,
As many times as it takes.
As many as it takes to show the US has some / any success over there?
Iraqi security sources have reported previously that Baghdadi had been injured or killed in strikes in the past but the claims were either never verified or later denied.
The health and whereabouts of Baghdadi, who has a $US10 million ($13.6 million) bounty on his head, are the subject of constant speculation.
He was reported wounded multiple times over the past year and his apparent survival has only added to the mystery surrounding the IS chief.