Iraqi Military says It Attacked ISIL convoy
The Iraqi military said Sunday that it attacked a convoy in Iraq's Anbar Province that included Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
But a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing intelligence reports, said the United States had no information to confirm that al-Baghdadi or any other senior ISIL commanders had been targeted or struck in western Iraq in recent days.
The Iraqi military establishment claims periodically that senior ISIL commanders have been killed, apparently as a means of raising morale.
The statement, which appeared to take the United States by surprise, said that Iraqi aircraft had struck "the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karbala to attend a meeting with Daesh commanders." Daesh is an Arabic name for ISIL.
Residents in western Iraq said there had been an airstrike in recent days, which set off rumors that al-Baghdadi or other senior militants might have been hit.
New York Times