U.S.-Led Coalition Can’t Confirm Report That IS Leader Baghdadi Wounded

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -
A man purported to be leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at a public appearance in a mosque in Mosul, on July 5. (REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters)
A man purported to be leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Reuters/Social Media Website via Reuters)

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State terror group said on Friday it could not confirm a report by an Iraqi media channel that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been wounded in air strikes.

A spokesman for the coalition, Colonel Chris Garver, said in an e-mail that he had seen the reports but had “nothing to confirm this at this time.”

Al Sumariya channel cited local sources in Iraq’s Nineveh province that Baghdadi and other Islamic State leaders were wounded on Thursday in a coalition air strike on one of the group’s command headquarters close to the Syrian border.