ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘seriously wounded in air strike’: Report

| Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 19:38
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NEW DELHI: According to an international media report, the mysterious leader of the jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS) is recovering after being gravely injured in an air strike in March.

Al-Baghdadi was wounded in March this year in a US-led coalition air attack on the jihadists at al-Baaj district of Nineveh, near the Syrian border, report claimed and also said that the ISIS leader suffered near-fatal injuries at first and since made a slow recovery. 

However, he is yet to take up his day-to-day control of the jihadist group again. 

An ambitious Iraqi jihadist, Al-Baghdadi, probably in his 40s has a $10 million US bounty on his head. 

Since joining hands with the Islamic State in 2010, Al-Baghdadi has transformed it from a local branch of al-Qaida into an independent global military force, placing himself as possibly the top figure in the worldwide jihadi community.

The Iraqi officials in November last year too reported that al-Baghdadi was injured in an air strike without detailing about it. However, the news was never confirmed.

The ISIS following the same released a rebellious audio recording last week, which they claimed to be of Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.

In the audio message that is 17-minute long, the man believed to be Baghdadi promised that ISIS will continue to increase in spite of international air strikes and its opponents will be drawn into a ground war.

A US-led coalition has been launching air strikes on ISIS and its services in Iraq and Syria for months as part of an attempt to give Iraqi forces the time and space to increase a more effective offensive. 

The ISIS had gained ground across northern and western Iraq in June and July, causing several of Iraq’s army and police divisions to fall into panic.

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