ISIS leader was reportedly injured in an airstrike last year

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was forced to cede leadership of the terrorist group for several months last year, CNN reported Monday, due to injuries sustained in an airstrike in Syria. CNN reported that U.S. intelligence agencies believe al-Baghdadi stepped down for nearly half a year after being injured.

The details regarding the airstrike are scarce, and the U.S. reportedly knows what little it does from former ISIS prisoners and refugees who escaped the terrorist group. Still, American intelligence agencies believe "with a high degree of confidence" that al-Baghdadi was injured in the strike, CNN reported. A U.S. official who spoke to CNN said that the airstrike in question most likely occurred around May, in or around the ISIS capital of Raqqa, Syria.

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