Coalition Airstrikes Target Islamic State Leaders

Local residents have reported that a local leader from the Islamic State in Anbar a western province in Iraq and a deputy were killed.

Coalition airstrikes led by the U.S. targeted a meeting of leaders of IS in Iraq in a border town along the border with Syria. The group’s top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is said to possibly have attended the gathering.

Security officials in Iraq were not available for any comment on that report, but two people who were witnesses said an air strike had targeted a house in which senior IS officers were holding a meeting near al-Qaim along the border.

The witnesses said the Islamic State organization had evacuated an entire hospital so their members who were wounded could receive treatment.

Residents of the town said reports were unconfirmed that a local leader of IS and his deputy were dead.

Officials from the U.S. would not confirm nor deny if Baghdadi, the overall leader of the group, was targeted.

One official for the U.S. said airstrikes had been carried out on a convoy near Mosul a city in the north and against smaller units of the IS in other areas.

However, the airstrikes did not target a gathering of the Islamic State.

A local television station in Iraq said dozens were killed or wounded in the airstrike, which it said was in al-Qaim and that the fate of Baghdadi was not clear.

Al-Qaim and neighboring Albukamal its counterpart in Syria are on an important route for supplies.

The report of the airstrike came only hours after 20 people were killed, which included five soldiers, by car bombs in the capital of Iraq and in Ramadi. The attacks were characteristic of others the IS has carried out.

Two bombs went off in a mostly Shi’ite Amil area of Baghdad said police in separate attacks.

In Ramadi, the car bomb was at a security checkpoint and killed five military personnel.

Prior to the bomb, the checkpoint had been the target of several mortars, and then a suicide bomber in a Humvee arrived and blew himself up.

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