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    The success of the offensive on Raqqa, Daesh’s stronghold in northern Syria, indirectly indicates that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is likely to have been killed, which led to decrease in Daesh militants’ resistance, Chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s committee on defense and security Victor Ozerov told Sputnik Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry said al-Baghdadi was likely eliminated as a result of a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on the militant command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May. It noted that it was in the process of confirming the information through various channels.

    "The success of the offensive on Raqqa indicates that the level of Daesh leadership and its active resistance has decreased. This shows that they have lost their leader," Ozerov said.

    Ozerov noted that Daesh did not make any attempt to refute the information about al-Baghdadi's death.

    On Thursday, Syria’s Tomorrow opposition movement spokesman Monzer Akbik said the city of Raqqa would be completely liberated from Daesh terrorists within the next three months.

    Operation to Liberate Raqqa From Daesh (61)


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