Istanbul, Turkey – Leading members of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) were reported dead during an airstrike carried out by the international coalition forces on IS-held sites at the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to Iraqi official in al-Anbar province.
The head of the Anbar Province Council, Sabah Karhot, said that the international coalition warplanes bombed major IS headquarters in the city of Qaim in the early hours of Sunday, killing 12 militants, including the leading member Abu Muhannad Swedawi (IS prince al-Anbar), and Abu Zahra Mohammadi (the Euphrates prince).
On Saturday, local sources in the Iraqi city of al-Qaim said that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State’s radical group (IS/ISIL) was reportedly injured in similar U.S.-led airstrikes.
In an official statement, the United States’ Central Command confirmed that their fighter jets targeted leaders of the extremists groups northwestern Iraq, without confirming the death of al-Baghdadi.
According to IS-linked media activists, “the news about the Caliph’s (al-Baghdadi) death is merely a western propaganda to oblige him to appear in public then they can track and assassinate him; we are all aware of that.”
Al-Baghdadi made his first and only appearance in public last June, when he gave a speech in the Great Mosque of Iraqi Mosul, after the extremist group took over the city.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News
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