Sputnik-WorldThe Russian Ministry of Defence has announced that it does not have reliable information regarding the US operation in Idlib which allegedly resulted in the death of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
While US President Donald Trump has confirmed the death of Daesh head al-Baghdadi, Russian military officials said they do not possess any reliable data regarding the matter.
“The Russian Defence Ministry has no reliable information about US servicemen conduction an operation to ‘yet another’ elimination of the former Daesh leader Abu Bark al-Baghdadi in the Turkish-controlled part of the Idlib deescalation zone”, ministry spokesman Maj.Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
Earlier, Trump declared that al-Badhgadi allegedly “died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way”, and boasted that the US personnel involved in the mission “were incredible”.
He also thanked Russia, claiming that the US forces had to fly through certain Russian-controlled areas to reach their target.
“Russia treated us great. They opened up – we had to fly over certain Russia-held areas. Russia was great,” Trump said.
The Russian Defence Ministry, however, stated that they are unaware of providing cooperation to US air units entering the airspace over the Idlib deescalation zone during that mission.
“No airstrikes performed by US aircraft or aircraft belonging to the so called ‘international coalition’ were detected on Saturday or during the following days,” a statement by Maj.Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov also remarked that the reports of the terrorist leader’s alleged demise are unlikely to have any serious effect on the current situation in Syria.
“Since the moment of the final Daesh’s defeat at the hands of the Syrian government army supported by Russian Aerospace Forces in early 2018, yet another ‘death’ of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does not have any strategic importance regarding the situation in Syria or the actions of the remaining terrorists in Idlib,” he said.
News of al-Baghdadi”s demise come after he was reported dead on several occasions in recent years, though none of the previous aforementioned reports were ever corroborated.
Russian defense ministry says has no proof of Islamic State leader’s extermination
MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry has no reliable proof that Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a US raid and doubts that such a raid has ever taken place, the ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said on Sunday.
“Russia’s defense ministry has no reliable information about an operation by US forces in the Turkey-controlled part of the Idlib de-escalation zone aimed at another extermination of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he said.
He said that the fact that the number of those who say about their participation in al-Baghdadi’s extermination and share contradictory details of the operation make one doubt that such an operation ever took place.
“We know nothing about any assistance to the flight of US aircraft to the Idlib de-escalation zone’s airspace in the course of this operation,” Konashenkov said.
Yet another report about the extermination of al-Baghdadi can hardly influence the situation in Syria, Konashenkov said.
“After Islamic State was ultimately defeated by the Syrian government army with support of the Russia aerospace forces in early 2018, yet another ‘death’ of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will have no impact either on the situation in Syria or on the actions of terrorists staying in Idlib,” he said.
No airstrikes by US forces reported from Syria’s Idlib
No airstrikes by the US air force or by the US-led coalition have been reported from Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone in the recent days, Konashenkov noted.
“No airstrikes by either US air forces of the so-called international coalition have been registered in the Idlib de-escalation zone on Saturday and over the recent days,” Konashenkov said.
Apart from that the Russian defense ministry said it doubted that al-Baghdadi could be hiding on a territory controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia as a terrorist organization) in Idlib.
“This organization has always unhesitatingly killed Islamic State fighters on the spot as key rivals for power in Syria. Bearing this in mind, the US or other participants in the operation should at least provide direct evidence that the former Islamic State leader had been safely staying on a territory controlled by the ‘Syrian Al Qaeda (also outlawed in Russia),” he added.
US President Donald Trump said earlier in the day Islamic Abu Bakr al-Badgdadi had died in an overnight raid led by U.S. forces in Syria’s Idlib. He said that many of al-Baghdadi’s supporters and Islamic State militants had been killed as well. There were no casualties among the US military, he claimed.