8 IS figures killed in Iraqi airstrike but fate of leader unknown

8 IS figures killed in Iraqi airstrike but fate of leader unknown

Eight senior figures from the Islamic State have reportedly been killed in an air strike, while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group’s reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does not appear to be among them.

It comes as Iraq says its air force had hit the meeting and had also struck a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi, but had been driven away from the convoy in an unknown condition.

But residents of the town and hospital sources said the leader of the military movement was not affected by the airstrikes.

The news has also been confirmed by the US, which said it has no indication he has been killed.

The Iraqi military’s announcement was the latest unconfirmed report of the possible death or injury of Baghdadi, who has survived a year of U.S.-led air strikes and multi-sided wars in two countries since proclaiming himself caliph of all Muslims after his forces swept through most of northern Iraq last year.

A Twitter site which publishes statements from Islamic State said “rumours” that an air strike had targeted Baghdadi were false.

But even even if he has died, the Islamic State has vowed to continue its mission.

According to Reuters an Islamic State fighter reached by telephone could not confirm whether Baghdadi had been in a convoy that was struck, but said the group would fight on whatever his fate.

“Even if he was martyred then it will not affect Islamic State. We will lose a leader but there are a thousand Baghdadis,” the source said.

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