Leading Iraqi Shi’ite says Islamic State shrugging off U.S. air strikes

Leader of the Badr Organisation Hadi al-Amiri speaks during an interview with Reuters in BaghdadBy Samia Nakhoul, Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Flush with cash and weapons, Islamic State is attracting huge numbers of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria and withstanding U.S.-led air strikes that are failing to hit the right targets, a powerful Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary leader told Reuters in an interview. Hadi al-Amiri also said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and in Iraq, despite reports that he had been wounded.


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