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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Doom and Dust's picture

I see the Qatari/KSA/CIA Observatory for Human Rights denies the kill, so the Russians are lying period.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Re Qatar, only a few days ago Saudi was about to invade it. All gone very quiet on that.

techpriest's picture

And right around the same time, they were voting on that bill in the Senate, to do with requiring that anyone carrying over $10,000 in cash or cash equivalents, for any reason, must fill out a form or face the potential seizure of everything they own.

Vegetius's picture

Does anyone believe Rami Abdulrahman, from the so called "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" The only thing he is, is a front for MI6 and their disinformation.very popular with the MSM in the UK though, The Guardian and the Telegraph love him.


beijing expat's picture

The secret to a successful propaganda campaign is to keep it basically honest but to salt the narritave with strategic lies that are repeated over and over.

The way the observatory lies is to lump all casualties togeather and then imply that all casualties are from government attacks on civilians when in fact most of the dead are soldiers and terrorists.

The other lie is that the terrorists have popular support.

Anyway, the safest thing to do is to avoid the corporate media. The typical cab driver has better information.

Infinite QE's picture

Didn't someone kill this guy already?


Cardinal Fang's picture

It ain't easy being the Boogie Man

Or is it Bogey Man?


BorisTheBlade's picture

Al BoogieDaddy.

A ghost, a boogie and a cat.

Thus ten lives. Until pronounced otherwise.

Drimble Wedge's picture

You know they ate a pizza dancing to the beat


I'm pretty sure that's Michelle Obama in one of those purple jumpsuits.

dlfield's picture

How dare they kill Hillary and McCain's top general?!?! This means WAR!!!

The Fing News's picture

Let's hope this time they actually send him to hell.

Rip van Wrinkle's picture

How many times has he been killed now? McCain won't be a happy bunny.

beijing expat's picture

Based Putin does it again.

Just in time for Senator McCains hearings on Trumps lack of support for arming and training terrorists.

You know Putin is doing it on purpose.

McCain is probably having fits.

RagaMuffin's picture

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not the leader of ISIS but runs one hell of a life insurance scam......

quadraspleen's picture

How many times has this guy been "killed" now? More than Al Zarquawi?

His name is Simon Elliot, by the way...

WinstonSmith1984's picture

A thank-you from Vladimir to Donald for all his good work.

new game's picture

s/ -just helping above posts - lottsa lol this morning - thanks

new game's picture

i saw bin laden, he left a building in memphis...

shimmy's picture

The U.S and probably Russia again will also claim they killed this guy in future strikes onve they figure enough time has passed for the sheeple to have forgot. It's funny how terrorist organization leaders can die multiple times. A higher up in AQ died at least two times when AQ was used as the boogeyman threat. 

I expect osama to be brought back from the dead for a second time as well. Guy died in late 2001. 

DuneCreature's picture

Oh, that will piss John McCain off.

No more late night romps with big Al rocking the Kasbah and sharing an eight year old boy to unwind from the stresses of beheading Christians all day.

Live Hard, What Will John Do To Get Over The Loss Of His Pal, Bomb Crimea Or Nuke Tehran?, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

The Chief's picture

DC, If the owners of this massad-run narrative (aka ISIS) want to be believed, under no circumstances should they allow John McCain to speak publicly. He is a complete idiot and betrays the whole op.

Frankly, with the many massive circular deceptions associated with the ISIS meme, who really knows if this guy actually existed? Addionally, he would have been merely a figure head or manager in the larger mossad deception that is ISIS.

Of course everyone knows this. The true puppeteers are smuggly secure in their anonymity, until they aren't.

max_leering's picture

Joos and McTotallyInsane will find another "leader" for their terror cabal... those folks are lined up out the door at the DC, Tel Aviv and Ankara recruiting stations

cheech_wizard's picture

They can always resurrect the Khorasan group. American memories are very short.


syzygysus's picture

Elvis Baghdadi will be spotted at the Mall of America, then Las Vegas behind Fremont St.  Autographs may be given later at the Walmart in Dearborn, Michigan inside the Quickie Health Clinic.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Baghdadi is enjoying sanctuary provided by Ayatollah McCaini of the Arizonia Caliphate.

shovelhead's picture

C'mon Senate...

Let's get more sanctions on Russia for "interfering" with our little regime change plans.


JailBanksters's picture

Is this the same Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that was an Israeli that woiked for Mossad ?

Israeli Secret Intelligence Service all right


Ban KKiller's picture

We helped the Russians kill off the nazis. Let's work with them. Ha ha ha ha. Not good to be enemy of both. Russia knows Islam is bullshit and dangerous.

YHWH is greater's picture

1 down, the rest of moslems to go...

Wahooo's picture

This will set American foreign policy back years.

LastLegion's picture

Who's your Dadi?

Lea's picture

McCain is crying his "heart" out.

And then, he'll go into overdrive to find some other cannibal as a suitable replacement.

ipso_facto's picture

Do the Russians at least get a 'thank you'?

fattail's picture

Putin = 114;  McCain = 0

HowdyDoody's picture

Putin = 114; McCain = 666

Horse Pizzle's picture

CIA flags are at half staff today.

Totally_Disillusioned's picture

Don't be fooled into thinking terrorists cannot be killed.  The United States needs to recognize the CIA/MI6 creation of mercenaries paid to be terrorists for purposes of regime change.  Stop the funding and they would all go away.  Russia merely made the decision to "actually" combat them.  As we've seen as Russia/Syrian troops all but eradicated these paid mercenaries - it's not that hard.  So why do we continually throw our soldiers and military equipment as we pretend to solve the problem?  We all know the answer to that.

Greed is King's picture

Exactly, cast your mind back to 2001 and the invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 and the invasion of Iraq; oh sorry nice Mr NSA man "observing" the comments on ZH, please substitute "intervention" for invasion; anyway, both "interventions" lasted for a matter of weeks and then the countries were declared as "pacified safe havens" job done. We now that to be false, they are anything but pacified safe havens, but the point is, if two entire countries can be captured in a matter of weeks, why the hell is it taking so long to beat ISIS ?; the terrorists MUST be getting help from a very powerful external force, otherwise they could not have survived this long.

DirtySanchez's picture

Russia knocks out Isis leadership, US congress increases Russian economic sanctions.

Makes sense to me what side the US is on.

Greed is King's picture

Sadly NO. Never mind, better luck next time maybe.

Raul44's picture

"ISIS Leader Baghdadi Reportedly Killed In Russian Airstrike, Israel mourn, US to retaliate with new sanctions."

(On the side note, wasnt this guy killed like 3-4 times already? Or was it someone else?... Well in any case, kudos and bravo to Russia!)

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

I thought Al  Baghdadi  was in Israel for medical treatment?

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" = One man on his computer in a flat in Coventry England.