ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be “clinically dead” after an Iraqi airstrike targeted a meeting of ISIS leaders in Syria last June, Iraqi TV channel AlSumaria reported on August 13 citing own source.
“Iraqi warplanes carried out an airstrike inside Syrian territory in June, targeting a meeting of ISIS leaders, where the group’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was present,” the TV channel quoted the source as saying. “The strike also left a large number of Islamic State commanders dead and wounded.”
The source further claimed that the airstrike left al-Baghdadi serverly wounded and incapable of assuming his duties, thus forcing the group’s leaders to choose Abu Othman al-Tunisi to succeed him. The source also claimed that this decision caused a rift within the remaining ISIS commanders.
The problem of this report is that AlSumaria and its source have provided no evidence to confirm it so far. Furthermore, AlSumaria has already been involved in spreading overestimated reports about the ISIS casualties in Syria and Iraq.
So, the situation will remain unclear until some side is able to provide real evidence of the terrorist group leader’s wounds or death.