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Airstrike Wounds Islamic State’s Number One Leader: Reports

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An airstrike has wounded the Islamic State's (IS) number one leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the scale of injuries are unknown.

MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti) — An airstrike has wounded the Islamic State's (IS) number one leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Sky News reported Sunday citing Iraqi officials.

The scale of al-Baghdadi's injuries is, however, unknown.

Al-Baghdadi is reported to be in his early 40s.

Pentagon possesses no information on the strike or that al-Baghdadi was wounded, according to Sky News.

On Saturday, the broadcaster reported the US-headed airstrikes, targeted the jihadist group's leaders when the latter were having a meeting in a house in al-Qaim, which is on the Iraqi-Syrian border. The airstrikes also smashed a convoy of 10 trucks, according to Sky News.

The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq, declaring a caliphate on the territories over which it had control.

In an attempt to impede the military advancement of the group, the United States launched airstrikes against the jihadists' positions in Iraq and Syria in mid-September, with some other countries such as France, the United Kingdom and Australia joining later to form a coalition to crack down on the militants.

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