Officials in Iraq announced on Sunday that the leader of the terrorist organization ISIS was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province. The target of the attack was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who also has a $10 million reward offered by the United States government. He took command of ISIS sometime in 2010 and transformed it from a splinter group of al-Qaida to an independent major terrorist organization.
ISIS has seized territory in large parts of Syria and Iraq, as well as killed thousands of people. The organization has received recent notoriety by beheading westerners and drawing the United States back into a military conflict in Iraq. Iraqi military forces carried out the operation and it is unknown at this time how badly al-Baghdadi was injured. The United States military could not confirm or deny whether the terrorist leader was injured in the attack that occurred when leaders of ISIS were meeting with militants in a town called Qaim. Sources in the Iraqi government stated that informants within the militant group supplied information that the terrorist leader was present at the group meeting.