Russia’s military states it might have eliminated IS leader; West, Iraq hesitant

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By Reuters: June 17, 2017

Russia's military states it might have eliminated IS leader; West, Iraq hesitant
Russia’s military states it might have eliminated IS leader; West, Iraq hesitant

MOSCOW/BAGHDAD: Moscow stated on Friday its forces might have eliminated Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air campaign in Syria last month, however Washington stated it might not support the death and Iraqi and western authorities were hesitant.

The deceptive Islamic State leader has actually often been reported eliminated or injured because he stated a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from a mosque in Mosul in 2014, after leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq.

If the report does show real, it would be among the greatest blows yet to Islamic State, which is aiming to protect its diminishing area versus a selection of forces backed by worldwide and local powers in both Syria and Iraq.

In the lack of independent verification, 2 U.S. authorities stated U.S. firms were hesitant of the report. Numerous Iraqi security authorities stated Iraq was uncertain.

” His death has actually been reported so frequently that you need to beware till an official Daesh declaration comes,” a European security authorities stated, utilizing an Arabic acronym for the group.

U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon representative, stated: “We have no info to substantiate those reports.”

The Russian Defense Ministry stated on its Facebook page that it was examining info that Baghdadi was eliminated in the strike on the borders of Raqqa in Syria, released after Russia got intelligence about a conference of Islamic State leaders.

” On May 28, after drones were utilized to verify the details on the location and time of the conference of IS leaders, in between 00:35 and 00:45, Russian flying force released a strike on the command point where the leaders lay,” the declaration stated.

” According to the details which is now being inspected through numerous channels, likewise present at the conference was Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was removed as an outcome of the strike,” the ministry stated.


A colonel with the Iraqi nationwide security service informed Reuters Baghdadi was not thought to have actually been in Raqqa at the time of the strike in late May. Among Baghdadi’s assistants might have been eliminated instead of Baghdadi himself, the colonel stated.

He stated that Baghdadi was thought to be running carefully in the border location in between Iraq and Syria with simply a handful of close assistants, and preventing utilizing telecom devices to avert security.

Another Iraqi intelligence authorities stated the Russians had actually not shared any info with Iraqi authorities to show Baghdadi was eliminated. Iraq was examining the report and would reveal his death if it got “strong verification”.

Hoshiyar Zebari, a long-serving previous Iraqi foreign minister and now a senior advisor to the federal government of the Kurdish self-governing area, likewise informed Reuters there was no verification of Baghdadi’s death.

The Russian defense ministry declaration stated the strike was thought to have actually eliminated numerous other senior leaders of the group in addition to Baghdadi, along with around 30 field leaders and approximately 300 of their individual guards.

The IS leaders had actually collected at the command center, in a southern suburban area of Raqqa, to go over possible paths for the militants’ retreat from the city, the declaration stated.

The United States was notified beforehand about the location and time of the strike, the Russian armed force stated.


Islamic State fighters are close to beat in the twin capitals of the group’s area, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, after almost 3 years ruling over countless individuals in a broad swathe of area in both nations.

Russia supports the Syrian federal government of President Bashar al-Assad, which is combating versus Islamic State fighters, one front in a multi-sided civil war. The United States supports Kurdish and Arab fighters in Syria who are independently preparing an attack on Raqqa.

In Iraq, the U.S.-backed federal government has actually been fighting to regain Mosul given that October in 2015 after owning the group from the majority of the remainder of the area it had actually taken.

The last public video footage of Baghdadi reveals him worn black clerical bathrobes stating his caliphate from the pulpit of Mosul’s mediaeval Grand al-Nuri mosque back in 2014.

Born Ibrahim al-Samarrai, Baghdadi is an Iraqi in his mid-forties, who broke away from al Qaeda in 2013 after years taking part in the revolt versus U.S. forces in Iraq and the Iraqi federal government. The United States State Department has actually provided a $25 million benefit for details causing his arrest.

A variety of senior IS figures have actually been eliminated in air campaign or unique forces raids because the United States introduced its project versus the group in 2014, consisting of Baghdadi’s deputy Abu Ali al-Anbari, the group’s “minister of war” Abu Omar al-Shishani, and its media director Abu Muhammad al-Furqan.

Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, called into question the report Baghdadi might have been eliminated. He stated that inning accordance with his details, Baghdadi was found in another part of Syria at the end of May.

“The details is that since completion of last month Baghdadi remained in Deir al-Zor, in the location in between Deir al-Zor and Iraq, in Syrian area,” he stated by phone.