Gee, wasn’t it President Obama who vowed ISIS would be decimated? Perhaps, but not by the United States.Yahoo News reports “Iraq claimed Sunday to have struck a convoy carrying Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air raid near the Syrian border but said his fate was unknown.
In Syria meanwhile regime troops backed by Russian air strikes made progress on two fronts but were battling other rebel groups.Yes, the ones fighting against Assad. Iraqi aircraft struck Baghdadi’s convoy as it was “moving towards Karabla to attend a meeting of the Daesh (IS) terrorist leaders,” an Iraqi security statement said.
The statement issued by Iraq’s “war media cell” said Baghdadi was “transported in a vehicle” after the strike but added that “his health status was unknown.”
The meeting place was also struck in the operation and several IS leaders already gathered there were killed and wounded, it said.Interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan told AFP that “the strike was yesterday (Saturday) at noon.”
In Washington, a US military official said: “We’ve seen the Iraqi statement about al-Baghdadi but have no info that confirms it.”
Will President Obama manage to take credit for this somehow? The United States appears to no longer have a leadership role in the battle against Islamic extremism. But perhaps that is part of the grand plan.