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ISIS Leader Reportedly 'Critically Wounded' By US Air Strike

| by Kathryn Schroeder

ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly been critically injured by a US-led air strike.

The air strikes that began Friday night to target senior ISIS militants destroyed 10 armored vehicles near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, reports The Independent.

The mission had been “against what was assessed to be a gathering of [ISIS] leaders.”

Local tribe sources in the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim said that al-Baghdadi, the man ISIS has declared as its “caliph” or supreme leader, was critically wounded in the attack that occurred there.

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A report by The Daily Mail says local government sources described how an aircraft flew over a meeting of senior ISIS figures and dropped its payload. More than a dozen people were reportedly killed, and al-Baghdadi is being reported as one of the injured.

A local al-Qaim hospital claims to have treated al-Baghdadi, and many other patents injured in the air strike attacks.

IS-affiliated Twitter accounts are denying reports that al-Baghdadi is critically injured, or dead.

“I can report to the Muslims that Amir Al-Momineen Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Hafid hu'allah is alive and well,” a tweet read.

In a statement released by the Pentagon, it said it “cannot confirm if [ISIS] leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present.”

The statement also read that “this strike demonstrates the pressure we continue to place on the ISIL [ISIS] terrorist network and the group's increasingly limited freedom to maneuver, communicate and command."

Sources: The Daily Mail, The Indepdendent  Photo Source: Associated Press