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Dreaded ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi injured in air strike, say reports

The so-called caliph was said to be travelling in a convoy with other senior ISIS figures when it was hit by jets operating under the banner of the international anti-ISIS coalition.

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Iraqi news channel Al Sumariya TV claimed local sources in Iraq’s Nineveh province had confirmed that Baghdadi and other leaders in the Islamist group were wounded on Thursday in a coalition bombing raid on one of the ISIS command headquarters close to the Syrian border.

The Iraqi source said: “The planes of the international coalition yesterday bombed a location where there is a base of Isis members along the border area between Iraq and Syria, 65 kilometres west of Nineveh.”

He added: “According to reports, the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was injured along with some members of the organisation who were gathered at that meeting.”

“The attack was carried out on the basis of precise intelligence information that led to strike its own that site.”

There have been several reports in the past that Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai, was killed or wounded after proclaiming himself caliph of all Muslims two years ago.

The ultra-hardline Sunni group is under increased pressure in both Iraq and Syria, and the territory under its control has shrunk significantly since 2014, limiting the potential for its leaders to move around or seek shelter.

The U.S. earlier this year announced an intensification of the war on Islamic State with more air strikes and more American troops on the ground to advise and assist allied forces.

The U.S.-led coalition has regularly flown raids out of Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, in operations aimed at killing and capturing Islamic State leaders.

A Kurdish intelligence official and an Arab from the Baaj area west of Mosul said the U.S.-led coalition had conducted such a raid there earlier this week. The coalition did not confirm this raid.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are positioned in an arc around the north and east of Mosul while the Iraqi army is trying to capture Falluja, the group’s stronghold near Baghdad.

The Iraqi army is also massing tanks and troops south of Mosul, in preparation for an offensive planned later this year to retake the largest city under the control of the militants.

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