The Iraqi air force have reportedly hit a military convoy carrying the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In a statement, the military said they hit the convoy in a successful air raid in Iraq earlier today.
However, the fate of al-Baghdadi remains unclear, with Iraq’s defence ministry spokesman confirming they were unsure if the convoy was definitely carrying the ISIS figurehead at the time of the strike.
It’s believed Iraqi jets targeted the convoy as it was travelling close to the Syrian border in Western Anbar.
In a statement, the Iraqi military said:
Iraqi air forces have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karbala to attend a meeting with Daesh commanders.
It’s not the first time that the military have targeted al-Baghdadi, and rumours of his death have been falsely reported before.
It was reported that the ISIS leader was injured in an air strike in April this year, prompting speculation that he would be forced to step down. However, he re-emerged in an audio recording in mid-May, confirming he was alive and well.
Born in Samarra in 1971, al-Baghdadi was radicalised after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and spent time in Camp Bucca.
He rose through the ranks of al-Qaeda upon his release, and became the leader of Islamic State after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. He is one of the U.S’ most wanted terror targets.