U.S. Targets IS Leaders In Iraq
November 09, 2014
The U.S. military says it has targeted Islamic State leaders in Iraq.
Senior U.S. defense officials said a series of air strikes destroyed a convoy of 10 vehicles near the northern city of Mosul on November 7.
The officials could not confirm whether the top Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was among those targeted, although some reports said he had been wounded.
Al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph, or supreme leader, of the vast areas of territory in Iraq and Syria under IS control.
Elsewhere on November 8, a series of bombings in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least 43 people.
In the worst attack, 11 people were killed and 21 wounded in a car bombing in Baghdad's Shi'ite district of Sadr City.
Meanwhile, in neighboring Syria, a Syrian rights group has reported that government forces conducted air raids on a northern town held by the Islamic State militant group.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on November 9 that government helicopters dropped seven barrel bombs and warplanes fired on the town of Al-Bab northeast of Aleppo late on November 8, killing at least 21 people and wounding some 100 others.
There was no word on casualties among IS fighters in Al-Bab.
The air raids are a rare attack on IS positions from the Syrian government, which has so far concentrated its attacks on groups further south, especially around Damascus.
A U.S.-led coalition has, without Syrian government consent, been conducting air strikes against IS positions in northern Syria, particularly around the besieged Kobani near the Turkish border, for several weeks.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP and AFP
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