Russian Federation has no information on Baghdadi's fate

by Susie Olson June 25, 2017, 1:46
Russian Federation has no information on Baghdadi's fate

An official in the Iraqi National Intelligence Service said on Friday that the strike, which Moscow said killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters on 28 May in the Syrian city of Raqqa, failed disastrously to hit its intended target.

The statement also said the coalition had killed Samir Idris, a militant who funded outside attacks, on June 7 near Mayadeen in Syria.

According to the coalition, Idris was trusted by senior Daesh leadership to move funds across global borders to pay for the attacks.

Ozerov, however, said that the Russian Defence Ministry would not have released the information about Baghdadi's death if it had not believed it to be true. Baghdadi is believed to be 45-years-old and from Samarra, located north of Baghdad. "He had nothing to do with IS", he said, adding that United States authorities had confirmed that the Russian report was false.

Russia said today it has no information on the fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the chief of the Islamic State terror group, almost a week after the Russian military said it may have killed him in an airstrike.

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However, the U.S. hasn't corroborated his death and the IS has not released any statement on Baghdadi.

Russian Federation had previously announced that an airstrike it carried out on 28 May in Daesh's de facto capital, Raqqa, Syria, likely killed the leader of the group.

Commenting on the news, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he could not give a firm proof that the Daesh leader was killed.

Last Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Baghdadi had been presumably killed by the airstrike on Raqqa's southern suburbs carried out by Russian warplanes.

The US State Department offers a $25m reward for information leading to the capture or death of Baghdadi.


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