Wouldn’t it be funny to find out that the big, bad, evil, and dictatorial Russians were the ones who finally put an end to one of the worst terrorists ever to emerge in modern history?
Honestly, it would be a wonderful slap in the face to those in the United States who have trumpeted the ridiculous “War On Terror” for well over half a generation – while all the while sponsoring Moslem enemies from Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Libya, to Chechnya, and beyond.
And in case you’re wondering if I made a typo there when I mentioned Chechnya, go ahead and watch the first part of The Putin Interviews (you should view the whole thing) – I won’t spoil it for you, but Vlad goes into some interesting detail concerning American involvement in one of the nastiest fights Russia has had to deal with in recent decades.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday it is checking on information indicating that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a Russia-led airstrike in Syria.
Russian Su-34 aircraft and an Su-35 multirole fighter carried out airstrikes near the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold 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 reportedly present.
The meeting was gathered to plan “routes for the exit of militants from Raqqa through the so-called ‘southern corridor’,” the statement read.
“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.
Among those who were killed in the strike were Emir of Raqqa Abu al-Haji al-Masri, Emir Ibrahim al-Naef al-Hajj, “who controlled the district from the city of Raqqa to the settlement of es-Sohne” and IS head of security Suleiman al-Sawah,” the ministry added.
Moscow has given its American partners information about the place and time of the airstrike, the ministry said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he can’t fully confirm the death of the IS leader.
“I don’t have 100 percent confirmation of the information concerning the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
The US-led anti-Islamic State coalition said it can’t confirm the information that Baghdadi was killed in a Russia-led airstrike.
“We cannot confirm these reports at this time,” Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR), said in a statement.