Report: Air strikes target Islamic State leaders in Iraq

By REUTERS
November 8, 2014 19:26
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US-led air strikes have targeted a gathering of Islamic State leaders in Iraq in a town near the Syrian border, possibly including the group's top commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Al-Hadath television channel said on Saturday.

Iraqi security officials were not immediately available for comment on the report from the station, part of Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television, but two witnesses told Reuters an air strike targeted a house where senior Islamic State officers were meeting, near the western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim.

They said Islamic State fighters had evacuated a hospital so that their wounded could be treated. Residents said there were unconfirmed reports that Islamic State's local leader in the western Iraqi province of Anbar and his deputy were killed.

US officials would not confirm or deny if Baghdadi, the group's overall leader, had been targeted.

One US official said that air strikes were carried out against a convoy near the northern city of Mosul and against small Islamic State units elsewhere, but the US-led air strikes had not targeted an Islamic State gathering.

Al-Hadath said dozens of people were killed and wounded in the strike, which it said took place in al-Qaim, and that Baghdadi's fate was unclear.

Al-Qaim and its neighboring Syrian counterpart Albukamal are on a strategic supply route.

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