Russia claims to kill ISIS

- Himani Sharma   19-06-2017


The Defense Ministry of Russia, in their investigating reports, have claimed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, has been killed in one of the airstrikes in Syria in May.

The airstrike was executed on 28th of May, 2017, on the peripheral outskirts of the capital of the militant’s group, Raqqa, on a secret base where ISIS leaders were holding a meeting, as told by a ministry statement.

Based on that information it has been confirmed through numerous different channels, that ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also there at the secret meeting and was assassinated during the strike," the ministry said.

It was however, confirmed by an U.S. official, that Russia had actually conducted the airstrikes on May 28, 2017.

However, it is yet to be proven whether the strikes were executed in the exact area that the Russians are pressing on and whether there is any information on who may have been present in that location. The investigation is still going on.

As history says it, though, there have been numerous former claims of Baghdadi's death which have later come out to be false.

The Russian Ministry’s statement claimed that the strike was aimed at ISIS leaders as they gathered to talk over their departure from the town.

 It was reported that about 30 field commanders and 300 militants surrogating as security guards also attended the meeting.

The airstrike was executed, followed by a drone videotape which gave the confirmation and proof of the meeting position, the statement said.

However, CNN international correspondent Clarissa Ward commented that organizations like ISIS do not gather in big groupings because of constant threat of drone strikes. CNN armed forces analyst Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling also cautioned opposing giving way too much weightage to Russia's information sources.