Russia Claims ISIS leader Abu Al-Baghdadi Dead (Again, how many times?)

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Russia claimed this morning that they took out ISIS leader Abu Al-Baghdadi in an air strike in late May. Many have claimed they killed him before and it turned out not to be true.

The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that their air strike hit a meeting of ISIS senior commanders on May 28.

Fox reported:
“It said the air raid on May 28 that targeted an IS meeting held on the southern outskirts of Raqqa in Syria also killed about 30 mid-level militant leaders and about 300 other fighters.

The ministry said the strike came as IS leaders gathered to discuss the group’s withdrawal from Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital.”

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The death of the ISIS leader may be tough to confirm, unless someone reliable can get in there to pick up the body parts. Russia has been known to stretch the truth on occasion for their own ends. Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman cannot confirm whether the ISIS leader is really dead.

The toll they are claiming is extremely high – 30 mid-level leaders and 300 fighters…plus Abu Al-Baghdadi.  Does Al-Baghdadi meet with mid-level leaders? Or does he keep it to senior level leaders? Rumors have said that he is “hiding in the desert” – outside of Mosul? outside of Raqqa? No one really knows and the  intelligence has not been that reliable.

In the past, the ISIS leader has escaped air strikes by numerous means – through trap doors, or being somewhere other than where intelligence said he would be. Even Assad’s forces claimed he was killed when they conducted an air strike on June 10. At least a dozen times in the past countries have claimed he was deceased, and every time he resurfaced.

Whether or not he is actually dead is questionable. Even Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is not 100% certain that the ISIS leader has been killed.

So the U.S. reward for the whereabouts of Al-Baghdadi was $25 Million.  If it is confirmed that they killed him, do we have to pay Russia the reward? Would that start another investigation? No doubt.


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