Aide to ISIL's Baghdadi killed near Falluja -Iraqi TV

State television identified the man as Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani. It did not say when the strike took place or give further details

Aide to ISIL's Baghdadi killed near Falluja -Iraqi TV

World Bulletin/News Desk

An aide to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air strike near the city of Falluja, Iraqi state television reported on Monday.

State television identified the man as Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani. It did not say when the strike took place or give further details. It was not immediately possible to confirm the death or whether Yamani was an aide to Baghdadi.

Contradictory reports have emerged over the fate of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after U.S.-led air strikes against the group in at least two locations in Iraq on Friday.

Major Curtis Kellogg, spokesman at the U.S. military's Central Command, said it had no information to corroborate media reports that Baghdadi was wounded in any strike on the city of Mosul in the north and al-Qaim to the west.

The Pentagon also said on Monday it could not corroborate reports that Baghdadi had been either killed or wounded in Iraq, acknowledging conflicting media reports from the region.

"We do not have any information to corroborate reports out of Iraq that Baghdadi has been either killed or wounded," Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

The strikes could have killed or wounded some of his aides, who Iraqi officials said were in gatherings targeted by the strikes.

Falluja is an ISIL stronghold to the west of Baghdad.

Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2014, 22:20
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