Kremlin: No accurate data if Al-Baghdadi is dead

Politics 7/17/2017, 3:43 PM
Kremlin: No accurate data if Al-Baghdadi is dead

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that he can neither confirm nor deny that the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is dead and added that Russia is working on finding more information on the matter.

"Contradictory information is coming. Our relevant services are currently checking it," Peskov noted. The Kremlin spokesman stated that Russia doesn't have "more accurate information" at the moment.

In June, Russian Defense Ministry said it may have killed Al-Baghdadi during an airstrike on a meeting of the so-called ISIS military council south of the organization's de facto capital Raqqa. ISIS later claimed its leader is dead and London-based monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, confirmed the reports. However, United States Defense Secretary James Mattis has insisted the US has no proof Al-Baghdadi has been killed.

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