Russia claims to have killed ISIS leader


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said to have died in airstrike on May 28 along with 30 mid-level leaders, 300 fighters

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 3:53 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017 3:53 AM ET

The Russian military claims it has killed the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group in an airstrike.

The ministry said Friday that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian strike in late May along with other senior group commanders.

It said the air raid on May 28 that targeted an ISIS meeting held on the southern outskirts of Raqqa in Syria also killed about 30 mid-level militant leaders and about 300 other fighters.

The ministry said the strike came as IS leaders gathered to discuss the group’s withdrawal from Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital.

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