ISIS Leader Injured in Airstrike, Iraqi Officials Say


Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that an airstrike wounded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

He was hit Saturday in the town of Qaim in Iraq’s Anbar province during a meeting with militant forces, anonymous Iraqi officials told the Associated Press reports.

The Defense and Interior Ministries of Iraq said in statements that al-Baghdadi was injured that did not elaborate on the injury or the airstrike. The Pentagon offered no additional information.

Since al-Baghdadi, thought to be in his early 40s, took over the militants in 2010, he has grown it from a local al-Qaeda branch into a powerful, independent Islamist extremist group.

The U.S. and allied forces began launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in September.


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