BREAKING NEWS: U.S. war planes ‘hit ISIS leader’: Terror group chief ‘critically wounded’ in airstrikes on jihadi meeting
- Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said to be among several hurt or killed ISIS leaders
- Fighters struck town of al-Qaim on Iraq-Syria border, witnesses said
- They say jihadis emptied hospital and demanded blood donors for wounded
- U.S. security sources would not confirm or deny al-Baghdadi was targeted
Wounded? Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader the so-called Islamic State, is said to be among those targeted
American war planes have reportedly launched a strike on a gathering of ISIS leaders, critically wounding their leader.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hurt in the strikes today, according to local witnesses and government sources.
Two witnesses confirmed that bombs had fallen on the town of al-Qaim, next to the Syrian border.
Local government sources described how an aircraft had swooped over a meeting of senior ISIS figures and dropped its payload, killing more than a dozen people.
Another witness said that eight people had died when a bomb struck a market.
A local hospital was said to be overwhelmed with the volume of patients from the raid – including al-Baghdadi.
Local ISIS officials were reportedly roaming the streets with loudspeakers ordering residents to donate blood to help the wounded.
Striking Baghdadi would be the most significant blow yet in the campaign against ISIS, who have been defiant in the face of sustained air attacks from the U.S. Air Force and allies.
A provincial leader from Anbar in western Iraq, as well as his deputy, are said to be among those killed instantly by the bombs.
Al-Qaim and the neighbouring Syrian town of Albukamal are on a strategic supply route linking territory held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.