Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US airstrike?

Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US airstrike?

Baghdad: ISIS kingpin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might have been hit when US-led coalition warplanes targeted a gathering of extremists in Iraq’s Mosul on Friday, but it’s not confirmed if the Islamic State’s Caliph was present at the time of strike.

According to reports, US-led anti-ISIS coalition carried out the latest air strikes against the extremists in Iraq on Friday, managing to blow away a convoy of 10 Islamic state vehicles, a US official said. But he denied to confirm if al-Baghdadi was hit during the strike.

THE US-led coalition has conducted a series of air strikes targeting a gathering of Islamic State leaders near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a senior US defence official says.

“We cannot confirm if ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present,” a news agency quoted him.

The ISIS overran a huge swathe of Iraq and Syria in June and established the so-called “Islamic State” across occupied areas and anointed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph.

Declaring the Caliphate, Baghdadi who rarely makes public appearances, appeared at a mosque in July, demanding all Muslims to pledge allegiance to him.

The US has imposed a bounty worth $10 million on the al-Baghdadi’s head.

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