Vastavam web: Islamic State terror group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed in a targeted airstrike by the Russian military near the Syrian city of Raqqa last month.”According to information, which is being verified via different channels, the meeting was also attended by the (ISIS) leader Ibrahim Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated in the strike,” the TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying.The IS leaders were discussing their exit from the city through the so-called southern corridor, the ministry said.
The airstrike was carried out following drone footage confirmation of the council’s meeting location.Other state media reported that more than 300 “terrorists” were killed in the strike.Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which is a nom de guerre, was born Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al Samarrai.Baghdadi, said to be in his mid-40s has not been seen in public since proclaiming himself “caliph” in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago.This is the first time, however, that Russia has said it may have killed the IS leader. Other media reports have previously claimed he had been killed or critically injured by US-led coalition air strikes.Reacting to the report, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists that there is no one-hundred-per cent confirmation yet that leader of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia, al-Baghdadi, has been killed.
The US military had captured Baghdadi in Falluja, Iraq, in 2004. But he was freed in 2009 as he was considered a low- level al Qaeda member.However, within a year, he emerged as the leader of Iraq’s al Qaeda affiliate, heading up a renewed campaign of bombings and assassinations. Al Qaeda leaders later severed relations with him, saying he was insubordinate, killing too many civilians. IS sympathizers typically ignore reports from unofficial IS sources or ridicule them, especially given that Baghdadi’s death has been reported several times in the past.One high-profile IS supporter on the messaging app Telegram shared a post denying the news and saying that when an IS leadership figure is killed, the group does not hide it.