When it comes to wannabe jihadists, none is more revered and admired than ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This idol of the caliphate has even been compared to the Islamic prophet Muhammad, even going as far as labeling him “the descendant of the Prophet.”
However, recent events seem to have delivered Baghdadi a much celebrated dose of karma, leaving the Islamic State in limbo.
Al Arabiya reports that Baghdadi was “critically wounded” when a U.S.-led air strike targeted the western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim.
U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement that U.S.-led air strikes targeted ISIS leaders near their northern Iraqi hub of Mosul late Friday, without confirming whether Baghdadi was killed, AFP reported.
“This strike demonstrates the pressure we continue to place on the ISIL [ISIS] terrorist network and the group’s increasingly limited freedom to maneuver, communicate and command,” U.S. Central Command said.
Witnesses told Reuters that one of the strikes targeted a house where ISIS leaders were meeting, but that ISIS fighters are using a hospital to treat wounded jihadists, using loudspeakers to urge civilians to donate blood to insurgents.
Baghdadi had shown his face for the first time on July 5 at a sermon in Mosul, Iraq, according to the BBC.
Baghdadi was hailed as a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad’s ancient tribe, making him the caliph of all Muslims.
If Baghdadi really is on the verge of death, then the Islamic State will be looking for a new caliph to lead the caliphate. The death of the ISIS commander would be a major blow to the terrorist organization and will surely come with another declaration of war against America, one that Obama will again likely ignore.
Courtesy of Mad World News