The Iraqi Air Force claims that it has carried out an air strike on the convoy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in western Anbar. The current status of the militants' leader is not known.

"Iraqi air forces have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh [IS] commanders", a statement from the Iraq military said. "The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group's leaders were killed and wounded."

Karabla is around three miles (5km) from the Syrian border. The time the attacks took place has not been confirmed.

"Fate of murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear," the military said.

In April, Al-Baghdadi was reportedly incapacitated during an air strike in April, leading to speculation that he could step down. A month later, he appeared in a video urging Muslims to join Isis.

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