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May 2, 2015 9:30 am

Islamic State Leader Reportedly Suffers Spinal Injuries From US Airstrike

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JNS.orgThe leader of the Islamic State terror group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reportedly suffered severe spinal injuries as a result of a U.S. airstrike in mid-March.

Three sources confirmed to The Guardian that al-Baghdadi, who has proclaimed himself as caliph, has remained incapacitated since the airstrike and has been unable to leader the terrorist organization that has conquered large swaths of Syria and Iraq. A female radiologist and male surgeon have been treating al-Baghdadi, the sources indicated.

Born in Samarra, Iraq, in 1971, al-Baghdadi joined the Iraqi insurgency shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2003, and in 2010 he took over the organization that would eventually be called Islamic State.

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Senior Islamic State official Abu Alaa al-Afri is now leading the terror group.

“They have a lot of confidence in al-Afri,” Hisham al-Hashimi, the Iraqi government’s senior adviser on the Islamic State issue, told The Guardian. “He is smart, and a good leader and administrator. If Baghdadi ends up dying, he will lead them.”

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