US says cannot confirm status of Islamic State leader after strike

US says cannot confirm status of Islamic State leader after strike

BEIJING - The United States cannot yet confirm whether the Islamic State commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed or wounded in Iraq following an air strike near the city of Falluja, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes was speaking on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing.

There have been contradictory accounts out of Iraq following US air strikes on Friday night about whether Baghdadi was wounded.

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