IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in airstrike: Moscow
June 16, Damascus: IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in Russian airstrike near Raqqa last month, according to Russian Ministry of Defence.
According to the ministry, the air strike which was carried out on May 28 had targeted an IS gathering, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Islamic State leader) was also present.
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.
Al-Baghdadi has a $25million bounty on his head. believed to be hiding out in the desert outside the besieged city of Mosul in northern Iraq.
Al-Baghdadi was born in Samarra in Iraq in 1971. He joined the insurgency that erupted after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and spent time in an American military prison.
In March, the Pentagon told media outlets that al-Baghdadi was still alive despite reports that ISIS was crumbling. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later said that it was a 'matter of time' before the ISIS leader was killed.
The Oslo Times International News Network