On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) has been seriously wounded in an airstrike in Iraq. However, the Pentagon has called into question the accuracy of the report.
The US-led airstrike took place on March 18 and aimed to destroy a three-car convoy between the Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan villages in Northern Iraq, close to the Syrian border. Both a western diplomat and an Iraqi adviser confirmed that a strike did take place on that date in the al-Baaj district of Nineveh, according to The Guardian.
“Yes, [the ISIS leader] was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on 18 March with a group that was with him,” Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises Baghdad on ISIS, told the Guardian. READ MORE.