Iraqi Interior Ministry has confirmed that the leader of the ISIL Takfiri group, Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been injured in the latest airstrikes by the US-led coalition.
The ministry said on Sunday that several Takfiri militants were also killed in the air raids but did not provide any further details.
On Saturday, the US Central Command, which oversees its forces in the Middle East, said the anti-ISIL coalition had carried out a “series of airstrikes” late on Friday against a “gathering of ISIL leaders” near the Iraqi city of Mosul, a hub of the terrorist group’s activities.
“We cannot confirm if (ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present,” said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman at US Central Command.
The airstrikes also targeted a convoy of ten ISIL armed trucks.
The announcement of the strikes came a day after US President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American soldiers to Iraq to fight against the ISIL Takfiri militants. The new deployment will take the total number of US military forces in the country to 3,100.
The ISIL terrorists are in control of large areas across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
The Iraqi army has so far managed to make numerous gains in the fight against the ISIL militants, pledging to continue the battle against the extremist group.