The Iraqi air force claimed hitting Baghdadi's convoy, but skepticism still lingers

Published October 11th, 2015 - 10:48 GMT
The condition of Daesh's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is unknown. (AFP/File)
The condition of Daesh's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is unknown. (AFP/File)

The Iraqi air force says it hit the convoy of Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killing several of the group's leading figures.

Media reports say Baghdadi was on his way to meet top Daesh members. Reuters reported eight commanders were killed in the air raid, but Baghdadi's condition is unknown. 

"Iraqi air forces 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 said.

This is when Iraqi state TV announced the leader's convoy had been hit during a meeting with top Daesh members. 

The dead included leading Daesh figures Abu Saed al-Karbuli and Chechen Abu Omar al-Shishani, according to Reuters. 

It's not the first time Iraq has claimed capturing or killing Baghdadi. Nothing is confirmed, and plenty of skeptics point to the fact that the Iraqi military is not the most reliable news source. 

By Hayat Norimine


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