Russia May Have Unknowingly Killed IS Leader Al-Baghdadi

Russian authorities are currently investigating the possibility that its military’s airstrike in Syria may have killed Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 of his fighters.

Russian forces had on the 28th of May carried out a raid targeting a meeting of the IS military council in their operational capital Raqqa. Russian intelligence report states that up to 30 IS commanders and over 300 of their soldiers were at the Raqqa meeting.

A statement, however from the US-led military coalition against IS in Syria, said the US could not confirm that the IS leader had been killed. This is not the first time reports would indicate that Al-Bagdadi has been killed only for him to resurface again.

The death of Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi if true, would be a big blow to the IS which has suffered series of crushing defeats from the US-lead coalition forces.