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Russia may have killed Islamic State leader Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seen delivering a sermon in 2014. via REUTERS

Russia’s defence ministry is researching whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the pioneer of the Islamic State aggressor group (IS).

The ministry said an airstrike might have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 others on 28 May.

It said the strike had focused on a meeting of the IS military gathering in its true capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.

There have been various past reports of Baghdadi’s demise.

An announcement by Russia’s defence ministry distributed by the state-supported Sputnik news office said 30 IS commanders and up to 300 troopers were at the Raqqa meeting.

“According to information that is checked through various channels, IS leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed as a result of the strike, was also present at the meeting,” it added.

Baghdadi’s whereabouts have been obscure for quite a while, despite the fact that he was accepted to be in Mosul in Iraq before a US-drove coalition started a push to recover the city in October 2016.

His exclusive open appearance since guaranteeing the making of an IS caliphate was in a video in June 2014, in which he was seen conveying a sermon in Mosul after IS took control of the city.

From that point forward, the gathering has lost important measures of the region and has been under weight from air strikes by Russian-drove strengths and the US and its partners. The airstrikes have been constant, and it has lead to several causalities in the Islamic State side, thus reducing their hold of the region – the regions that they had managed to capture throughout the past years.

In March, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that almost all of Baghdadi’s agents had been killed.

“It is only a matter of time before Baghdadi himself meets this same fate,” he added to his statement.