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United Nations unable to confirm death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

20 Juin 2017

Reacting to the report, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists that there is no one-hundred-per cent confirmation yet that leader of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia, al-Baghdadi, has been killed, " So far, I have no one-hundred-percent confirmation of this information", Lavrov said.

Russian Federation "may have killed" ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to reports.

The air strike was launched early in the morning by Russian forces on the exact location where the ISIS leaders were meeting, the statement read.

"We can not confirm these reports at this time", said US Army Colonel Ryan S. Dillon, spokesman for the coalition's Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq.

The claim of al-Baghdadis demise comes almost three years after he had declared himself the leader of an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, from a historic mosque in Mosul.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike by Russian forces in on the outskirts of Raqqa in Syria, last month, unconfirmed reports from Moscow said.

The leaders were discussing their exit from the city through the so-called southern corridor, the ministry said.

The United States has offered a $25 million reward for information leading to Al-Baghdadi's capture.

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Another Iraqi intelligence official said the Russians had not shared any information with Iraqi authorities to indicate Baghdadi was killed.

The Associated Press notes that even the triumphant Russians have admitted they are still working to verify the Baghdadi kill.

The claim of al-Baghdadi's possible demise also comes almost three years to the day after he declared himself the leader of an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, from a historic mosque in Mosul. The claims have emerged as Russia's defence ministry has started an investigation as to whether one of their air strikes on Syria could have been responsible for the militants's death.

However, a Reuters report quoting a colonel with the Iraqi national security service said Baghdadi was not believed to have been in Raqqa at the time of the strike in late May.

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Most recently, the group claimed responsibility for attacks in Iran's parliament and at the tomb of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 50. Al-Hayali was killed in an August 2015 airstrike by the U.S.in Iraq.

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United Nations unable to confirm death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi