ISIS Leader Baghdadi Reportedly Killed In Russian Airstrike

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed during a Russian airstrike late last month in Raqqa that also claimed the lives of several other high-ranking ISIS leaders, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

“According to information, which is being checked through various channels, IS leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was killed as a result of the strike,” the ministry said in a statement.

Russian aircraft carried out airstrikes near the (now former) ISIS capital of Raqqa in northern Syria on May 28, the ministry said. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking Islamic State chiefs where al-Baghdadi was said to be present, Reuters and Russia Today reported. The ISIS leaders had gathered to discuss “routes for the exit of militants from Raqqa through the so-called ‘southern corridor’."

Al-Baghdadi could be among about 30 Islamic State commanders killed by the attack, the ministry added though it provided no explanation for the delay in reporting the strike, which is said also killed about 300 Islamic State fighters, Bloomberg added.

The US-led coalition has not confirmed the Russian reprort “We cannot confirm these reports at this time,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a military spokesman, in a statement.

Others raised doubts about the likelihood that Baghdadi died in the strikes. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that according to his information, Baghdadi was located in another part of Syria at the end of May.

“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.


Questioning what Baghdadi would have been doing in that location, he said: “Is it reasonable that Baghdadi would put himself between a rock and a hard place of the (U.S.-led) coalition and Russia?”

Considered the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Born Ibrahim al-Samarrai, is a 46-year-old Iraqi who broke away from al Qaeda in 2013. Since the US-led coalition became involved in the battle against ISIS back in 2014, al-Baghdadi’s death has been reported a handful of times, but never confirmed. The ISIS leader is reclusive; the last public video footage of Baghdadi shows him dressed in black clerical robes declaring his caliphate from the pulpit of Mosul's medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque back in 2014, according to Reuters.

To be sure, reports of Baghdadi's death may be - once again - greatly exaggerated: as Bloomberg reminds us, there have been several previous unconfirmed reports of his death, including in March 2015 and in June 2016, that al-Baghdadi was seriously wounded in air strikes carried out by U.S.-led coalition forces. In March 2017, U.S. defense officials said he left Mosul before Iraqi forces began their offensive there.

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JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Noooo Not BaghDadi!  BaghMomi is going to be besides herself!

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

so, WAS HE wearing the james bond Omega or not?!?

WAS McCain there, too?

froze25's picture

McCain wasn't there but rest assured he will be seeking revenge for this.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

McCain sheds a tear over the loss of his friend. Angrily waving his tyrannosauric little arms in the air, he vows revenge...

Drimble Wedge's picture

Next target is Bag Lady (shopping cart & all)

WTFRLY's picture


lil dirtball's picture

This is the second or third time they've killed this guy.

ThaBigPerm's picture

I've run out of fingers and toes to count how many times he's been killed in an air strike at this point...

Alt RightGirl's picture

Russian know how to take the trash out.

Doing it while everybody was watching the US circus.

Taking about circus, there was some bread to go with it.

Ivanka Was the Main Attraction at Congressional Baseball Game

fx's picture

Now we know at least why new sanctions get imposed on Russia " for their behavior in Syria"...

Ghost of Porky's picture

Baghdadi is survived by his 18 wives, 145 children, and 233 grandchildren. The beloved caliph and grandfather enjoyed gardening, restoring classic cars, and beheading infidels. Memorial service to be held at First Memorial Mosque of Aleppo. Reception to follow at CIA headquarters.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Apparently he enjoyed fucking. Surprised he found time to repair the wheel well rot on that split window Vette.

fx's picture

"between a rock and a hard place"? LOL! There have been lots of incidents and videos and other footage showing how ISIL commanders and fighters got safe passage at various times and places from the US-led coalition forces in both Iraq and Syria.
I could imagine that this bastard felt quite safe in Raqqa with the US-led coalition keeping the Syrian army at bay.

Also, the Russians are not known for constantly bragging about accomplishments that have to be denounced a week later, quite in contrast to the DoD.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Is this the fourth or fifth time time he is killed?

Shlomo Scheckelstein's picture

RIP our agent and comrade in arms Elliot Shimon.
Eretz Israel shall prevail!

fx's picture

"I've run out of fingers and toes to count how many times he's been killed in an air strike at this point..."

So far these were all US airstrikes, this time the Russians made a move.
Which, if he is really dead, tells you a thing or two about either the efficiency of said airstrikes. Or about the existence of them.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The Russians have cause a leadership problem within ISIS. 

Anonymous sources have reported that the remaining ISIS leaders had a secret meeting and they all were saying, you are the new you are,,no,no you, you are. no,no,no.....This went on for 3 hours and finally John McCain was contacted on his secure direct line to make the executive decision. 

Putin has been heard saying, set up BagDaddy #6, Johnny Boy. 

fx's picture

McCain fries were served reportedly, too, during said meeting.

BarkingCat's picture

What can you say.

The cat's got 9 lives.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Aww crap, not another multi-million dollar pentagon investment down the drain. No wonder they can't find all that missing money with these kind of assets..

merizobeach's picture

Assholes at the CIA: "Why can't I get Baghdadi on his cell?  What?!  He's dead?!  Shit!  Shit!  Alright, fuck it, who else have we got?"

YHWH is greater's picture

The sister of shopping cart lady ?

Bavarian's picture

I'm sure he will attend the funeral.

Offthebeach's picture

McSane was on conference  call with Linthsy Grwamsey under his desk, furiously trying to fluff McSains desicated, shriveled,  diseased  scared noodle.

BorisTheBlade's picture

They are preparing to ressurect him via public ritual on CNN.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Eye of Eagle, venim of snake, balls of goat, blood of virgin, hair of camel, that kind of stuff? 

JB Say's picture

No doubt furious that the USAF was not flying cover for his ISIS buddies.

booboo's picture

Flags at half Mast over at CIA

thisandthat's picture

Cherry on top: Putin claims the 25 million dollar bounty on him.

HowdyDoody's picture

which is immediately converted to Au.

nmewn's picture

Perhaps Kathy Griffin can be prevailed upon to take another pic with a severed head to redeem herself ;-)

Ignatius's picture

I've been sayin' that Kathy needs to go on the road with this severed heads act.  In fact, she can model my head, "See this guy?  He doesn't think I'm funny nor women either," victoriously shaking the head, "well, who's laughing now?"


south40_dreams's picture

Groundhog Day again?

land_of_the_few's picture

You should see what they did to that building. It's walls are razed neatly to the ground on all sides and the ones beside it in the street are still standing intact, including one that looks a bit like a Mosque. No idea what they did it with, but they must have wanted those guys bad.

IndyPat's picture

Dude will be 'killed' like six times.

Then he will be spotted in Dayton or something.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Dude is like a Schrodinger's Cat.

It will probably take a Large Hadron Collider to properly put him to rest.

Then pay Musk for burial ceremony in the sea on Mars according to crypto-Muslim tradition.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Then he will be spotted in Dayton or something.

You know, at the ham radio convention there in May, there was this one guy running a stand at the flea market...

Stu Elsample's picture

Allah Smackbar.....goats rejoice

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Capitol police bust the cap?

Global Hunter's picture

Did the Russians throw his dead body into the Euphrates from a helicopter to comply with "Muslim tradition"?

Doom and Dust's picture

Nope. No photos from the Kremlin War Room either. Russians have a lot to learn from US about Boogieman PR.

Drimble Wedge's picture

There is a foto from the war room. & weirdly, the computers are plugged in.

land_of_the_few's picture

Pretty sure they just BBQed it mightily... did they Kaliber those 30 guys or some other method?