Iraqi military claims to have hit convoy of ISIS leader

Iraqi air strikes hit convoy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in Anbar province Iraqi military says in statement

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in Mosul, Iraq in July 2014

A statement from the Iraqi military reports that air strikes of Iraqi Air Force hit convoy of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in western Iraqi city of Anbar.

The fate of al Baghdadi has not yet been determined, according to the statement.

"Iraqi Air Force have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh commanders", the statement read, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The air force targeted a location where Baghdadi had intended to meet up with ISIS commanders, according to reports by the military.

"The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group's leaders were killed and wounded. Fate of murderer al Baghdadi is unknown, he was carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear," the military added.

Local hospital officials said several ISIS leaders were killed in the strike, but Baghdadi was not among them.

ISIS has been able to capture large territories in both Syria and Iraq and in June, 2014. Baghdadi declared a self proclaimed "caliphate" over those controlled territories.

He has stated that he welcomed all pledges of allegiance from supporters in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

TRTWorld and agencies