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    Daesh Leader Baghdadi Believed to Be Killed in US Raid in Idlib (32)

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow has not received official confirmation of the elimination of leader of the Daesh* terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, spokesman for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov stated.

    "No, we have no confirmation", Peskov said in response to a corresponding question.

    However, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a day earlier the Kremlin believes it will be possible to talk about Trump's serious contribution to the fight against terrorism if the death of al-Baghdadi is confirmed.

    The statement comes after Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during a press briefing on 28 October that the United States is not prepared to release video or photos of the US special forces raid of al-Baghdadi's compound in Syria.

    On 27 October, US President Donald Trump announced that US forces hunted down al-Baghdadi in Syria's Idlib province. Trump said al-Baghdadi blew up himself and three accompanying children by detonating a suicide vest when he was trapped at the end of a tunnel. The Russian Defence Ministry said that it had possessed no reliable data regarding the US operation and had reasons to question its credibility.

    Daesh Leader Baghdadi Believed to Be Killed in US Raid in Idlib (32)
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