Russian military says it may have killed IS leader

The Russian Defense Ministry stated on Friday that the Russian aerospace forces’ strike conducted on May 28, allegedly killed IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi south of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials were skeptical.

The IS leader may have been killed alongside other leaders of the extremist group and 330 terrorists in a Russian Aerospace Forces strike late last month, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

“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,” the ministry said in a statement.

“As a result of the Su-35 and Su-34 airstrikes, high-ranking commanders of the terrorist groups who were part of the so-called IS military council, as well as about 30 mid-level field commanders and up to 300 militants of their personal security, have been killed,” the ministry said in a statement.

But the US-led coalition said that it could not confirm the death of Baghdadi, as the Al Arabiya broadcaster reported.