Islamic State leader killed in air strikes?

Baghdad: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might have been killed when US-led coalition warplanes targeted a gathering of ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul on Friday, but it’s not confirmed.

According to reports, US-led anti-ISIS coalition carried out the latest air strikes against the extremists in Iraq on Friday, managing to blow away a convoy of 10 Islamic state vehicles, a US official said. But he denied to confirm if al-Baghdadi was hit during the strike.

The US-led coalition has conducted a series of air strikes targeting a gathering of Islamic State leaders near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a senior US defence official says.

“We cannot confirm if ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present,” a news agency quoted him.

The ISIS overran a huge swathe of Iraq and Syria in June and established the so-called “Islamic State” across occupied areas and anointed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph.

Declaring the Caliphate, Baghdadi who rarely makes public appearances, appeared at a mosque in July, demanding all Muslims to pledge allegiance to him.

The US has imposed a bounty worth $10 million on the al-Baghdadi’s head.

Despite a spate of coalition strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the extremists continue to advance and unleash bloodshed.

The ISIS recently carried out mass execution in Iraq’s Anbar province, executing over 300 people of a tribe that had joined the fight against the Islamic State.