Russia: Death of Daesh's Baghdadi near 100% certain

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"The fact that Islamic State has still not shown him anywhere also adds to our confidence that al-Baghdadi has been killed", he added with some conviction.

"Samir Idris, a key ISIS financial facilitator for external terror attacks and an global money launderer, was killed June 7, 2017, near Mayadin, Syria", the statement said. The ISIS had destroyed the Grand Mosque in the encounter. Baghdadi is believed to be 45-years-old and from Samarra, located north of Baghdad.

On Friday, the head of the defense committee in Russia's upper parliamentary house, Viktor Ozerov, was quoted by Russian Interfax New agency as saying that he is almost 100 percent confident that the ISIS leader is dead, according to Reuters. "He had nothing to do with IS", he said, adding that USA authorities had confirmed that the Russian report was false. "We certainly would welcome the death of al-Baghdadi, but we do not have any definitive proof to lead us believe that this is accurate".

Earlier in June the Russian Defence Ministry said that it was aware of reports that the air strike on Raqqa may have killed al-Baghdadi, but that it was checking the reports and could not confirm his death. Russian media cited Sergei Lavrov saying with high degree of certainty that Baghdadi was eliminated.

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On Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik it was "highly likely" Baghdadi was killed in Russian airstrikes on Daesh targets last month.

"According to information which is being checked through various channels, the leader of IS Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was eliminated by the strike", it said.

The U.S Department of State has designated Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).

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