Islamic state leader’s convoy hit in air raid iraqi military and police troops
A deadly air raid on a convoy belonging to Islamic구리출장마사지 State fighter Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled caliph of the Islamic State, killed seven people including a civilian and at least four soldiers, according to a statement by the military and intelligence authorities of Iraq’s security forces.
The security forces, in coordination with the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces, repelled the militants near the town of Sulaimaniyah in eastern Baghdad, where al-Baghdadi’s convoy has been operating for a week, according to an Iraqi security source.
A military source told the Guardian that al-Baghdadi had taken over a new position at one of the entrances to the town from the security forces at the last moment but was still on the move when the raid took place.
The army has sent units of troops across the river to Sulaimaniyah but they have not yet crossed.
The source added that al-Baghdadi was killed after a US Apache helicopter and a coalition F15 jet bombed his convoy during the operation to retake the town.
Abu Bakr a일산출장샵 일산출장마사지l-Baghdadi in his vehicle in the last moments of his life. Photograph: Nasser al-Nujaifi for the Guardian
The source said al-Baghdadi’s convoy was a key part of al-Qaeda’s global network, and that he had ordered it to attack Shia Turkmen villages north and west of Tikrit and in northern Iraq’s Anbar province on Monday. The attacks were part of al-Bag창원출장샵hdadi’s “resistance” campaign to reinvigorate the movement.
The two senior security sources said that the attack was launched as Baghdadi was about to fly from the northern city of Mosul in the fight against the Islamic State.
Baghdadi’s death would not mark the end of the Iraq war. The fighting has continued after the US president Barack Obama asked his Iraqi counterpart, Maliki, to form a broad coalition to counter Islamic State, also known as Isis, which declared an Islamic caliphate in 2015. The coalition, which includes Iran, has agreed to support Iraqi security forces and other forces with special forces to fight al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has carried out attacks in France, the UK, and Germany.
It was unclear what the Iraqi government planned to do about al-Baghdadi’s fate. The Iraqi interior ministry was closed today on an emergency basi