U.S. DISPUTES CLAIM …
The leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was killed during a May 2017 Russian airstrike, according to an international monitoring agency.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi first proclaimed the ISIS caliphate from the Grand Nuri Mosque in Mosul back in June 2014. Since then, the 45-year-old jihadist has been reported dead on numerous occasions. This time those reports appear to be legitimate … although American officials say they cannot vouch for the information.
Russia announced last month that al-Baghdadi and numerous senior ISIS leaders had “likely” been killed in a May strike targeting a gathering in al-Raqqa, the terrorist organization’s de facto capital.
“(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” said Rami Abdulrahman of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The ISIS leader – also known as Ibrahim – was detained and inexplicably released from U.S. custody in 2009 because his captors did not view him as a threat, even though he allegedly told them he would “see them in New York” upon his release.
Thank God for the Russians, right?
Russian leaders previously claimed there was a “high degree of probability” that al-Baghdadi had been killed in the airstrike – but that claim was debunked by American officials.
Al-Baghdadi has not been seen on video since his 2014 appearance in Mosul, and has not been heard from since recording an audio message in November 2016 urging ISIS fighters to hold fast in their defense of Mosul.
Obviously the death of al-Baghdadi is not the end of ISIS – nor will it stop the spread of jihadist violence around the world. But it is a victory in the “War on Terror,” and the Russians are to be commended for ridding the world of this sadistic mass killer.
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