They Killed “Kenny” al-Baghdadi, Again
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was announced as leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) on 16 May 2010. With its formal expansion into Syria in 2013, he became the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since then the United States, Russia and Syria have all claimed that they “killed” him.
On 7 November 2014, there were unconfirmed reports of al-Baghdadi’s death after an airstrike in Mosul, but a few weeks later the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that al-Baghdadi had been wounded in the airstrike, and had withdrawn to Syria.
In October 2015, the Iraqi air force claimed to have bombed al-Baghdadi’s convoy in the western Anbar province close to the Syrian border while he was heading to Al-Karābilah. There were no confirmed reports of whether he was alive or dead.
It wasn’t until June 14th 2016 that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was first declared dead. Several Middle Eastern media outlets claimed that al-Baghdadi had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Raqqa two days earlier.
On June 11th, Syrian state television announced that ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi had been “killed” again in an artillery strike by SDF forces on the group’s headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.
On June 16th 2017, al-Baghdadi was supposedly “killed” again. This time by the Russians. According to Russian media he was killed in a Russian air strike near Raqqa, Syria on May 28th, along with 30 ISIS leaders and 300 fighters.
On June 23rd 2017, Russian politician Viktor Ozerov stated that al-Baghdadi’s death was almost “100% certain.” That was followed on June 29th by the Iranian government’s official media quoted a representative for Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying that al-Baghdadi was “definitely dead.“ The following month, these reports were seemingly confirmed when the Iraqi news agency Al Sumaria reported that ISIS had circulated a statement in that Baghdadi was dead. Then the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also “confirmed” his death.
I’m not saying he wasn’t killed on Saturday night. But we’ve been through this many times before, and the source this time is as reliable as the Russians, Syrians and Iranians. We will eventually find out if they killed “Kenny” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but I’m certainly not going to take the word of Donald “Pinocchio” Trump.