Russia Cast Doubts on Baghdadi’s ‘Umpteenth Death’
- The numerous times Baghdadi has been reported dead:
ISIS Leader Al Baghdadi Dies in Israeli Hospital – 2015
ISIS ‘finally admits its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is dead’ – May 2017
ISIS confirms leader Baghdadi is dead – June 2017
ISIS confirms: Baghdadi is dead – reports
United States confirms Russia killed Isis Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- Defense Ministry: Russia has no reliable information on operation against Baghdadi
Moscow says has no reliable information on a special operations raid carried out by the United States military, which killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, raising doubt about what US President Donald Trump had earlier announced.
Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official at the Russian Defense Ministry, was quoted by RIA news agency as saying on Sunday that the ministry “does not have reliable information about the actions of the US army in the Idlib ‘de-escalation’ zone… concerning the ‘umpteenth death’” of Daesh leader.
He also added that the ministry was not aware of any assistance that Russia had allegedly given the US forces in the operation, thus challenging Trump’s remarks about the US military having coordinated the operation with Russia.
During his announcement of Baghdad’s death, Trump thanked Russia, Turkey, Iraq and Syria as well as Syrian Kurds for helping with the operation, claiming that Moscow “did not know the nature” of the mission, but was informed ahead that it was going to happen.
“We are unaware of any alleged assistance to the flying of US aviation into the airspace of the Idlib de-escalation zone during this operation,” the Russian Defense Ministry official said.