Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sipa Press/REX Shutterstock (3894675f) Video still of the leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi The leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq - 05 Jul 2014 The leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made.

Injured Baghdadi may never resume control of Isil

The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been so badly wounded by a US air strike in Iraq that he may never resume control of the group he masterminded to power.

According to a report in the Guardian, Mr Baghdadi has been incapacitated since March 18 due to spinal damage, suffered when an air strike hit a three-car convoy in which he was travelling through the al-Baaj district of Nineveh, close to the Syrian border.

The enigmatic jihadist leader is being treated by two ideologically sympathetic doctors who travel to his hideout from the group’s stronghold in the Iraqi city of Mosul. His location remains a closely guarded secret.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    When you think about it, incapacitation is better than killing him. It means that a clear successor can’t be appointed and confirmed while the leader is still alive, and I don’t see any mechanism for succession, temporary or permanent, here.

  • Rosenmops

    What a shame. 🙂

  • Barrington Minge

    very slow painful death…just perfect!!!