Iraqi claims to have hit convoy of Islamic State chief

IRAQI security forces claim to have struck the convoy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air raid near the country’s border with Syria.

“The Iraqi air force carried out a heroic operation targeting the convoy of the criminal terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” Iraq’s security forces said in a joint statement on Sunday.

“His health status is unknown,” it said, adding that the leader of the IS jihadist group was “transported in a vehicle” after the strike.


It’s not the first time Iraqi forces have claimed Baghdadi had been injured or killed in past strikes, but such claims were either never verified or later denied.

The health and whereabouts of Baghdadi, who has a $US10 million ($A13.8 million) US bounty on his head, are the subject of constant speculation.

Baghdadi has only appeared once in public since taking the helm of the movement, in June 2014 at a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.