Iraqi state TV confirms Islamic State group leader al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike
Reports of the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being wounded in an airstrike, were confirmed by Iraqi officials and state television on Sunday. At the same time, the Pentagon said it had no such information.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Iraqi officials told AP that al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike in the town of Qaim in Iraq’s Anbar province, carried out on Saturday.
An Interior Ministry intelligence official confirmed that the IS leader was wounded citing informants within the militant group, while a senior Iraqi military official said he learned about it in operational meetings.
Neither knew the extent of al-Baghdadi’s apparent injuries, according to AP news agency.
Later, Iraqi state television also reported that the terrorist group’s chief had been wounded.