Russia's military says may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi

Russia's military says may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi

Russia's military says may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi

The spokesman for the US-led anti-IS coalition said in a statement Friday he could not confirm the Russian claim.

The leader of the Islamic sect Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed following the strike, was also at the meeting, the ministry said.

"According to information, which is being verified via different channels, the meeting was also attended by the (IS) leader Ibrahim Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated in the strike", Tass quoted the ministry as saying.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which is a nom de guerre, was born Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al Samarrai.

The battle for Raqqa was launched a few days after al-Baghdadi's supposed killing, at a time when most of the group's commanders have relocated to Mayadeen, a remote town in the heart of Syria's IS-controlled, Euphrates River valley near the Iraqi border.

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The statement added that ISIS leaders had assembled at their command base, in Raqqa, to discuss strategies and possible routes for the terrorists to re-strategize from the city.

The Russian defence ministry said on Saturday it killed around 180 militants and the two commanders al-Beljiki and al-Masri in air strikes close to Deir al-Zor on June 6 and June 8. Russian forces support the Syrian government which is fighting against ISIS mainly from the west, while a US-led coalition supports Iraqi government forces fighting against ISIS from the east.

The last confirmed visual sighting of Baghdadi was his proclamation of the caliphate in Mosul, Iraq, three years ago.

Russian Federation supports the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, which is fighting against Islamic State fighters, one front in a multi-sided civil war.

"The information is that as of the end of last month Baghdadi was in Deir al-Zor, in the area between Deir al-Zor and Iraq, in Syrian territory", he said by phone.

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In October 2011, the United States officially designated Baghdadi as a terrorist.

Syrian opposition activists reported airstrikes May 28 south of Raqqa that killed more than a dozen people.

The Russian military sent drones to monitor the area and then dispatched a group of Su-34 bombers and Su-35 fighter jets to hit the Islamic State gathering.

The Observatory said the dead included 10 IS members.

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