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.

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