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    The Russian Defense Ministry regularly briefs President Vladimir Putin on military matters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday in wake of the unconfirmed killing of Daesh leader by the Russian military.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday its attack and multirole aircraft may have killed Baghdadi on the southern outskirts of Raqqa on May 28. It noted that it was in the process of confirming the information through various channels.

    "The president, as commander-in-chief, naturally receives regular reports from our defense department on a regular basis," Peskov told reporters.

    "The goal of the operation is the fight against terrorism, helping the legitimate Syrian leadership in the fight against terrorism," Peskov said when asked if Russia's strike on the positions of terrorists could change the US rhetoric that Russia was supposedly more interested in protecting President Bashar Assad rather than destroying Daesh.

    "Besides, the president has always said that we are pursuing our own goals as well, because several thousand people from our country are fighting in the ranks of these terrorists," he said.

    Russia and the United States lack cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Peskov said.

    "Our common position is undermined by the fact that we have a lack of interaction, because if we cooperated and interacted, I mean Russia and the United States, then this fight could be felt more effectively. This, unfortunately, does not take place in connection with a lack of such a desire among our US partners."

    Russia is yet to confirm the death of Daesh leader Baghdadi in a Russian airstrike in Syria's Raqqa, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day.

    The Daesh leader may have been killed alongside other leaders of the extremist group and 330 terrorists in a Russian Aerospace Forces strike late last month, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

    Al-Baghdadi appeared in the media for the first time in 2014 when he declared the creation of a caliphate in the Middle East. Since then, the media several times reported about the death of Daesh leader, though the information has never been confirmed.

    On Sunday, the Syrian state television reported that Baghdadi was killed as a result of US strikes in Raqqa.


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