|Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Leader of the Islamic State.|
By Ammar Karim and W.G. Dunlop
Iraq was on Sunday investigating whether Islamic State jihadist group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group's leaders.
The death of the elusive Baghdadi would be a major victory for the coalition of countries carrying out air strikes against IS and providing assistance to Iraqi forces fighting to regain large areas of Iraq that the jihadists have overrun.
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The announcement of the strikes came after President Barack Obama unveiled plans to send up to 1,500 more US troops to Iraq to advise and train the country's forces, deepening Washington's commitment to the open-ended war against IS.
A senior Iraqi intelligence official said there was no "accurate information" on whether Baghdadi was killed but that authorities were investigating.