U.S. Can't Confirm ISIS Leader Was Wounded

The United States says it has no information to indicate that the commander of ISIS was wounded near Mosul.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Reuters

The United States has no information at this point to indicate that the commander of the Islamic State (ISIS) was wounded near the Iraqi city of Mosul, or if he was even in the convoy that was targeted, U.S. officials said on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Earlier, an ISIS spokesman confirmed that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was hurt but not killed in an airstrike the day before.

The American officials cited by Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity, were asked about an account on Twitter that said Baghdadi had been wounded in the strikes.

One official said that "nothing has changed" since Saturday, when the U.S. military said it was unclear if Baghdadi was present at the time of the strikes.

Mosul, northern Iraq's biggest city, was overrun on June 10 in an offensive that saw vast parts of Iraq's Sunni regions fall to the Islamic State and allied groups.

The United States is leading an international coalition to fight ISIS. So far this coalition has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.




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