Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘wounded in air strike in Iraq’

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), is no longer in operational control of the organisation after being wounded in an airstrike, it was reported today.

Baghdadi, who is the self-described ‘caliph’ or spiritual leader of Isil, was seriously hurt in a strike in a village in western Iraq on March 18, according to The Guardian.

The newspaper said that his wounds were at first thought to be so serious that he might die, and that while he had since staged a gradual recovery, he was not at present involved in the direct day-to-day control of the terror group.