Russia launched airstrikes in northern Syria on May 28, and claimed they targeted a meeting of high-ranking ISIS leaders, killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Russians also sent out a Twitter message on June 16, reporting the elimination of a number of leaders of ISIS in Syria.
However, the Pentagon has issued a statement saying there is no concrete evidence to back up the claim that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is actually dead.
According to the Washington Examiner, Col. Ryan Dillon, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, told reporters Friday, “We do not have any definitive proof to corroborate their claims.”
Russia had claimed that about 300 fighters were killed – a claim that U.S. officials are reportedly still skeptical of.
In speaking to reporters at the Pentagon Friday, Dillon said there is still no “concrete evidence” on whether Baghdadi is dead or not, but regardless, he is “in no position to influence events in Mosul” where Iraqi forces have nearly defeated ISIS.
— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) June 16, 2017
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