Airstrikes Likely Hit ISIS Bosses: Officials

Unclear whether top figure was among them
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2014 5:32 PM CST
In this Tuesday, Oct . 7, 2014 file photo, Iraqi Shiite militiamen aim their weapons during clashes with militants from the Islamic State group, in Jurf al-Sakhar, southwest of Baghdad.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – US airstrikes have hit a convoy of trucks which, officials believe, were carrying some ISIS leaders, US officials tell the AP. Rumors have suggested that the group's top figure, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may have been among the leaders, the New York Times reports; neither Iraqi nor US officials could confirm that.

Reports on the airstrikes conflict, the Times notes. While a US official confirmed an attack near Mosul "against what was assessed to be a gathering of ISIL leaders," Iraqi officials pointed to an attack on a gathering in Qaim, some 180 miles away. An official at a Mosul morgue reported some 50 bodies of militants arriving following a strike, Reuters reports. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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