The Could 28 airstrike was carried out on the outskirts of the militant group’s de facto capital, Raqqa, on a command put up the place ISIS leaders had been assembly, in line with a ministry assertion.
“Based on info that’s being verified by way of varied channels, the chief of ISIS … Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was additionally current on the assembly and was killed because of the strike,” the ministry stated.
The US confirmed that Russia performed airstrikes on Could 28, a US official stated.
The Individuals are investigating whether or not the strikes had been within the exact space the Russians are claiming and whether or not there’s any intelligence on who might have been in that location, the official stated.
There have been earlier stories of Baghdadi’s loss of life that later turned out to be false.
The Russian assertion stated the strike focused ISIS leaders as they met to debate their exit from town. It stated about 30 midlevel subject commanders and as much as 300 militants appearing as bodyguards had been additionally current.
The airstrike was carried out following drone footage affirmation of the assembly location, the assertion stated.
CNN senior worldwide correspondent Clarissa Ward warned the main points from the Russians had been inconsistent with the standard conduct of ISIS leaders.
“They don’t meet in large groupings like that due to drone strikes, as a result of they’re continuously being bombarded,” she stated.
“If he has been killed, in fact it might deal a giant blow to the group, however let’s simply take a look at the previous few weeks — we have had main terror assaults in London, in Baghdad, in Tehran, in Kabul. So clearly it’s nonetheless enterprise as common for ISIS.”
CNN army analyst Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling additionally warned towards giving an excessive amount of weight to Russia’s sources.
“I am not going to take this too severely as a result of there have been not less than 5 reported killings of al-Baghdadi over the past three years,” he stated.
“I would not consider the Russian sources based mostly on something they’re listening to out of Syria.”
An elusive and brutal chief
In a sermon at a Mosul, Iraq, mosque in 2014, he declared himself the chief of the Islamic caliphate. The sermon was filmed and extensively watched world wide.
US forces captured him in Falluja, Iraq, in 2004. On the time, he was thought-about a low-level al Qaeda member.
He was freed in 2009, and inside a yr turned the chief of Iraq’s al Qaeda affiliate, heading up a renewed marketing campaign of bombings and assassinations. Al Qaeda leaders later severed relations with him, saying he was insubordinate, killing too many civilians.
He earned a fame for brutality because the chief of ISIS, which has seized and misplaced swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.
The extremist group introduced a reign of terror and intimidation into areas the place they gained management. And the brutality has continued regardless of army setbacks. In a single reported case, ISIS slaughtered 163 civilians and left their our bodies on the street for days, the United Nations stated.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which is a nom de guerre, was born Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al Samarrai.