ISIS Head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was Killed In May: Russian Defence Military

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| June 16 , 2017 , 16:12 IST

Russian Defence Ministry informed on Friday that as they were checking their information, the head of Islamic State militant group (also known as ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed in one of Russia's air strikes near the Syrian city of Raqqa in late May.

The air strike had been launched when the Russian forces received intelligence that a meeting of ISIS leaders was taking place. The strike reportedly killed several senior leaders of ISIS along with 30 field commanders and 300 of their personal guards.

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In an official statement, Russian Defence Ministry said, "On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information on the place and time of the meeting of IS leaders, between 00:35 and 00:45, Russian air forces launched a strike on the command point where the leaders were located."

The ministry continued, "According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, also present at the meeting was Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated as a result of the strike."

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However, the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State said that it could not confirm the Russian report about the death of Baghdadi. The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman also cast doubts on the Russian claims of killing Baghdadi. He said that according to his information,  Baghdadi was in another part of Syria in the end of May when the strike took place.

Russian forces supporting the Syrian government are fighting ISIS from the west, while US-led coalition supporting the Iraqi government forces fighting ISIS are from the east.