Whether you agree with Russia’s recent entrance into the battle against ISIS, there is no doubt that their air raids within Syria have played an influential role in the terrorist group’s capabilities over the last two weeks. With the world against ISIS, they are clearly retreating in many areas across Syria. This retreat may be leading the group further into neighboring Iraq, causing additional worry among Iraqi officials.
Just because Russia is on the attack in Syria does’t make Iraq a safe haven for the group, as we have just learned this morning. The Iraqi Air Force has claimed that they have successfully targeted the convoy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, currently the leader of ISIS.
With that said, the fate of al-Baghdadi still remains unknown, and we will likely have to wait to see if hints of his survival emerge.
“Iraqi air forces have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh commanders,” stated the Iraqi Military.
Back in April of this year, another air strike injured the leader, but in May he re-emerged, seemingly in good health, in a new audio recording seeking out new members for the Islamic State.
Currently the U.S. State Department labels al-Baghdadi as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist,’ with a $10 million reward for anyone able to provide information leading to his arrest or death.
The 44-year-old Iraqi national rose to the head of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which eventually spread to Syria to form the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Those close to al-Baghdadi describe the man as incredibly violent and unforgiving. In June of last year, ISIL established the worldwide caliphate, naming al-Baghdadi the caliph. ISIL was then renamed the Islamic State (IS) and al-Baghdadi was the head of it all.
If this air attack by the Iraqi’s did in fact kill al-Baghdadi, such news would be a major blow to the Islamic State amid Russia’s seemingly relentless attacks within Syria. We will stay tuned and keep you all up to date as additional news on this air attack emerges over the coming hours and days.