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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Victor999's picture

Paid for by UK and EU intelligence services.

Greed is King's picture

Gets most of his funding from the British Government actually.

restelle's picture

The Big Bad Daddy finally got it after Double J, Jihadi Johhny. 

Now, what about all those suicide bomber chickens and the fleet of Toyota Fighting vehicles?


Paul Morphy's picture

America all talk, no action.

Russia no talk, just action.


Well done the Russkies. Obliterate all of ISIS.

akrainer's picture

Again!!! Cool. On the serious note: condolences to Senator John McCain. He's already lost too many friends.

oncemore's picture

OBL Tim Osman

Hussein Soetoro. Obama

Simon Eliot.  Al Bagdadi..

Reaper's picture

His dying words, "tell McCain, I go prepare his place in Hell."

Greed is King's picture

I heard his last words were: hurry up John buddy, or i`ll have your 14 virgins as well.

samsara's picture

"..also claimed the lives of  several other high-ranking ISIS leaders..."


So did they name the Israeli or CIA leaders that were "also"  killed?

Gohigher's picture

Rami Abdulrahman "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights", a sick Deep State frontman knows where this guy is ??

He should be brought up on charges of aiding and abetting a terrorist and black bagged to Gitmo.

Just like Hillary.


Many Bankers and K-street Whores

And Wall Street/Goldman/Roths/Zionists

Annnndd, annddd.......


Damnit, if we don't get any action on executing some big names out of this swamp soon, breeding will over take the purge enema this Republic demands.


SETH RICH ????? (crickets)   something is rotten and breeding in the shadows

ukipboy's picture

Hurrah. I hope it is true and it is confirmed that this animal has been blown to bits.

Spasibo, Tovarich Vladimir. Thank you. Job done.

Making Merica Great Again's picture

Hey Puss! Is he even exist?

adonisdemilo's picture

You can ignore Rami Abdulrhami, the self appointed head of the Syrian Human Rights Observatory.

It's a one man band, anti Assad, based in England. 

Propaganda we can do without, although the BBC frequently asks his opinion, probably because they, also, are anti Assad.


Greed is King's picture

The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a one man band based in Coventry England, it is funded by the British Government and is affiliated to and gets all of its "scoops" from the CIA funded anti-Assad ISIS/AL Qaeda subsidiary the white helmets.

The Establishment owned British MSM is under strict orders to treat any "news" that comes from the SOHR and/or the white helmets as the gospel truth, which of course means that any "news" making its way into the American MSM from the British MSM is tainted.

numapepi's picture

I supposes Obama will have to travel to Iraq to attend the funeral.

BeepBeepRichie's picture

Nooooooo! Poor McCain!!! Thats his boy

Genby's picture

What a blow to CIA and Mossad! Obama will send condolences to his family.

ClowardPiven2016's picture

My thoughts and prayers go out to Senator McCain.

Greed is King's picture

That`s why McCain was over there recently, pall bearer at his friends funeral.

opport.knocks's picture

Perhaps the Israeli Screen Actors Guild will hold a special memorial for him (Elliot Shimon) this Oscar season.

HoserF16's picture

Hey, J. McCain, you can scratch Baghdadi off your XMAS card list. Blah, Ha, Ha...


HK21E's picture

Will Songbird McCain demand the flags be lowered to half staff?

Atomic Punk's picture

Simon Elliot is dead... Again!

tbone10's picture

Right.....and I am mickey mouse

Schmuck Raker's picture

1 down, 216 to go.

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

A morning cup of coffee and a heavy dose of cynical, sarcastic smartass comments on ZH.  It's a beautiful day.

NMA's picture

Damn...... now the agencies have to create a new boogie man...... not easy work.... no wonder they hate putin..... 

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

Can I have his Rolex?

JB Say's picture

Its been about 100 years since a major land war was won without an air force. I guess Mohammed didn't cover that chapter in the Koran. ISIS might want to declare itself a socialist republic to get the Anerican leftists on their side and go the N Vietnam route. It would be entertaining to see Jane Fonda in a burqa and Dan Rather in a thobe waiving an AK.

Volkodav's picture

     may 28 operaton

     3 top warlords plus isis chief of security (report each named)

     30 middle warlords

     as many 300 elite fighters present for as security

     isis leader abu bakr al baghdai certain never be where syrian observatory

     claims.. disinfo  


HowdyDoody's picture

Translation of Russian report:

"In Syria, in the southern outskirts of Raqqa was destroyed the leader of the banned terrorist group "Islamic state", Ibrahim Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He participated in the meeting of leaders of the terrorist group, who discussed the release of militants from Raqqa through the so-called "southern corridor". The leader of the militants was in Iraq's Mosul, but he was able to leave the city after the start of the attack on him by the Iraqi army.

After reconnaissance by drones, the attack on the gathering place of the leaders of the terrorists near Raqqa carried out by Russian su-35 and su-34s. Under air attack were the members of the military Council of ISIS, and about 30 field commanders of an average link and up to three hundred fighters for their personal security. Among liquidated — the Emir of Raqqa Abu al-Haji al-Misri, who controlled the area from Raqqa to es-Sukhna, Emir Ibrahim al-Naef al-Hajj and the head of security LIH Suleiman al-Sawah, the press service of the defense Ministry of Russia reported. This attack on the terrorists had happened on May 28, 2017, but the claim is made now, after rechecking the data.

Washington was informed in advance about the impact of the Russian aerospace defence forces."

Extra points to the Rooskies for informing the US that their agents were going .... on vacation ...

Double extra points for the precision attack using 'dumb' bombs - before and after photos

Exota's picture

More reason for Langley to curse Putin.

montresor's picture

Looks like the democratic party just lost it's leadership.. Thanks Vlad! Come out here and toss the coin at the Super Bowl..

natronic's picture

FAKE NEWS!!  The MSM told me Russa was not bombing ISIS so this is not possible.

dogismycopilot's picture

hopefully the Russians can prove this.

Dank fur Kopf's picture

Pretty sure Baghdadi never actually existed. Take a look at a comparison between Israeli Intelligence Officer, Simon Elliot, and the person we're told is 'The Baghdad'. Also note, the same Simon Elliot is pictured in a sitdown with permenant Senator John McCain and MOSSAD.

Russia has released sat images of before and after their strikes on buildings believed to be used by Islamic State leadership, and the buildings in question were completely leveled. If any leadership were in them, their giblets are now making sweet love to 72 virgin goats.
Sputnik reporting on strikes:

Also, on a Russia related note. I suggested yesterday that the new sanctions against Russia were actually aimed at the EU, in order to prevent cooperation with Russia on the Nord Stream 2 project, thus giving US gas a monopoly on that market, and that the EU might react badly, resulting in a death blow to US foreign policy. The EU is upset:

trailer park boys's picture

" sanctions against Russia were actually aimed at the EU..." Germany and Austria said in a joint statement - "Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not the United States of America." Even Ukraine is unhappy with the US sanctions against Russia, as they stand to make a lot of money if the proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline goes through their country on the way from Russia to Germany.

HowdyDoody's picture

Nord Stream (and NS-2) runs through the Baltic Sea. The Ukrops are totally barking if they think there is even a chance of them getting in on the action.

Fidelios Automata's picture

Putin, how dare you kill our CIA-funded terrorists!

just the tip's picture

mossad gonna be plenty pissed as well.

Able Ape's picture

YAY!  Putin Bagged Daddy!  Good job, Bro...

roadhazard's picture

Hey Bagdaddy, if you are still alive it's only a matter of time anyway. Dead man walking. If you are dead kudos to the pilot.

loveyajimbo's picture

Brennan and Barry Obongo must be grieving right now... this guy was THEIR boy...

The Gladiator's picture

Whitehouse flag is at half mast, John McCain is in mourning,and Obama is on his way to the funeral

just the tip's picture

get a star ready at see eye aye headquarters for that wall.

cheech_wizard's picture

I'm siding with the Russians on this. The United States killed him how many times? Seriously, Wikipedia today served a useful purpose.

Reports of his death or bodily harm

According to media reports, al-Baghdadi was wounded on 18 March 2015 during a coalition airstrike on the al-Baaj District, in the Nineveh Governorate, near the Syrian border. His wounds were apparently so serious that the top ISIL leaders had a meeting to discuss who would replace him if he died. According to reports, by 22 April al-Baghdadi had not yet recovered enough from his injuries to resume daily control of ISIL.[140] The Pentagon said that al-Baghdadi had not been the target of the airstrikes and "we have no reason to believe it was Baghdadi."[141] On 22 April 2015, Iraqi government sources reported that Abu Ala al-Afri, the self-proclaimed caliph's deputy and a former Iraqi physics teacher, had been installed as the stand-in leader while Baghdadi recuperated from his injuries.[142]

In April 2015, The Guardian reported that al-Baghdadi was recovering from the severe injuries which he had received during the airstrike on 18 March 2015, in a part of Mosul. It was also reported that a spinal injury which had left him paralyzed meant that he might never be able to fully resume direct command of ISIL.[143] By 13 May, ISIL fighters had warned that they would retaliate for al-Baghdadi's injury, which theIraqi Defense Ministry believed would be carried out through attacks in Europe.[144]

On 20 July 2015, The New York Times wrote that rumors that al-Baghdadi had been killed or injured earlier in the year had been "dispelled".[145]

On 11 October 2015, the Iraqi air force claimed to have bombed al-Baghdadi's convoy in the western Anbar province close to the Syrian border while he was heading to Kerabla to attend an ISIL meeting, the location of which was also said to be bombed. His fate was not immediately confirmed.[146] There were some subsequent speculation that he may not have been present in the convoy at all.[147]

On 9 June 2016, Iraqi State TV claimed that al-Baghdadi had been wounded in a US airstrike in Northern Iraq. Coalition spokesmen said they could not confirm the reports.[148]

On 14 June 2016, several Middle Eastern media outlets claimed that al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US airstrike in Raqqa on 12 June. Coalition spokesmen said they could not confirm the reports.[149][150] The Independent however later stated that these reports of Baghdadi's death were based on a digitally altered image claiming to be a media statement from ISIL.[151]

On 3 October 2016, various media outlets claimed that al-Baghdadi and 3 senior ISIL leaders were poisoned by an assassin but still alive.[152]

On 11 June 2017, Syrian state TV has claimed al-Baghdadi has been killed in the artillery strike that was backed by the US.[153][154] On 16 June 2017, Russian media reported that al-Baghdadi might have been killed in a Russian air strike near Raqqa, Syria on May 28.[155][156]

Standard Disclaimer: Oh my God, they killed Kenny.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

What is this the 6th time Bagdadi has been killed now?

Non-Corporate Entity's picture


Get ready for the sequel, "Weekend at Baghdadi's". His death isn't official until the "burial at sea" takes place.

just the tip's picture


in a totally unrelated incident yesterday, the pentagram can't even keep a blimp up.  well, it wasn't exactly the pentagram, but it was their advertising.  all in all quite the deflating feeling.  sort of like the US foreign policy.

and, it happened in that wisconsinfucker's state.  so we can blame that motherfucker for this.