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Russian Military: There Are ‘Valid Doubts About The Reality And Success’ Of Trump’s Baghdadi Raid

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Russian Military: There Are ‘Valid Doubts About The Reality And Success’ Of Trump’s Baghdadi Raid




A Russian defense ministry spokesman said on Sunday that it had “valid doubts” about President Donald Trump’s claim that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed.

The statement came hours after President Donald Trump thanked the Russian government among other countries for aiding US Special Forces in an operation that killed Baghdadi, the founder and leader of ISIS.

“This raid was impeccable and could only have taken place with the acknowledgment and help of certain other nations and people,” Trump said. “I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us.”



Trump told reporters Russia allowed US forces to fly through its airspace and that the US government informed Russia that it would “like” the nature of the American mission.

“We told the Russians we were going in because we were going over them,” Trump said. “And they were curious, but we said we’re coming. We said look, one way or another we’re coming.”

Trump continued, “[The Russians] were very cooperative, they really were good. And we said it would be a mission they’d like, too, because they hate ISIS, too.”

Hours later, the Russian military indicated that it was unaware of the raid, according to BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg.

Rosenberg tweeted: “Moscow unconvinced by US claims that al-Baghdadi has been killed. Russian defence ministry refers to ‘valid doubts about the reality & success (of the operation), says ‘no air strikes by US or coalition forces registered in Idlib de-escalation zone on Saturday or recent days.’ ”

“We are not aware of any assistance having being given to US Air Force flights into the air space of the Idlib de-escalation zone in this operation,” a source in the Russian defense ministry added.








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