ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Allegedly Killed or Injured in Airstrike

UPDATE 1/23/17 @ 11:31 a.m. EST: According to Fox News producer Lucas Tomlinson, reports of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being injured or killed are false.

Original story below.

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According to new Popular Mobilization Forces intelligence, Islamic State “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed or injured in an airstrike west of Mosul, Iraq. The new report is unverified but continues the narrative of earlier statements by the PMU, also known by its Arabic name Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi, that al-Baghdadi was trapped in or around Mosul.

The above tweets from the Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi Media account read in English:

Local official: News injury – Baghdadi, leader of the terrorist [ISIS], aerial bombardment in Al-Ba’aj, west of Ninawa.

Stay tuned, very soon, Khalifa rats, Baghdadi either “dead” or…

Ninawa province is the Iraqi governorate that includes the second largest city of Mosul.

In early November, the Iraqi National Army claimed that al-Baghdadi had not only escaped Mosul, but that he had also taken 150 families hostage with him to protect him from airstrikes. Rumor had it that he escaped to Tal Afar, Iraq, 40 miles west of Mosul.

In late November, the spokesman for the PMU stated that al-Baghdadi escaped Tal Afar.

His whereabouts have since been unknown. However, according to Reuters, al-Baghdadi had become increasingly paranoid about his survival and that the “caliph” rarely emerged from underground bunkers and slept in a suicide vest.

The latest news by the PMU comes after an early December report by an alleged Russian intelligence officer that al-Baghdadi had been killed and that ISIS “political leaders” had been called to the “capital” of Raqqa, Syria to choose his successor.

In October, the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias like the PMU, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, reports the BBC.

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  1. If the maggot is still alive he won’t be for long and we will crush the next ISIS cockroach PooBA that crawls out from under a rock!

    • You will perish, be it under the sword, the bullet, the bomb or ultimately the chemical, the virus or the radiation. It wont be necessary though, daesh is extremely weak. You have nowhere to hide now.

  2. Considering he’s infact in Raqqa (Syria) I’m not sure how an airstrike in Iraq is mean’t to have killed him… This is about the 4th claim in recent years that he’s been killing in an airstrike.

  3. God Bless General Mattis

    1 singular day at work and he’s already purged harder than Obama and co. have their entire time in office

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    IraqGov: ….(no hope)

  5. Don’t take any prisoners!!! Hand them over to the people in Iraq . Give them a log and a machete , I’m sure they can figure it out from there . Why let them go home to fight another day. If anyone has been to Iraqi or Syria in the last 3years . And are living in another country send them back with there Coran !!! Write it in the sand and let the rain settle it !!! The people will get enough. there days are short. Take no prisoners and no immigrants. Give them food and make em think!!!