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What You Need to Know About the Islamic State: Part 1

By Sophie Condron
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Islamic State, a terrorist group, primarily operates in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Syria. It has been terrorizing the world since its formation in 2004. Its members have beheaded fifteen and killed thousands of innocent people under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

On Saturday November 7th, 2014, Iraqi government officials reported that the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded by US and Iraqi-led airstrikes on Iraq.

“We assure the nation that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is in good condition. Pray for his speedy recovery,” says a tweet from Islamic State officials.

Iraqi officials posted on Facebook that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded when an Iraqi town was bombed. The conflicting posts from Iraq’s Interior Ministry and Iraq’s Minister of Defense have led people to question whether this is true or not.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry posted that the Islamic State leader was wounded in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim while Iraq’s Minister of Defense posted that the leader was wounded in the town of Mosul. A spokesperson for the Iraqi Prime Minister said that no one can confirm what has happened yet.

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