SPECIAL REPORT: Putin Makes SHOCK Announcement To World, This Is Massive
Vladimir Putin has demonstrated to America’s elected officials the benefits of working together instead of initiating a second Cold War.
Putin’s defense officials have announced the death of the leader of the Islamic State in a recent airstrike, in which a meeting of top-ranking ISIS officials was targeted outside of their capital city in Syria (via Associated Press).
The Russian Defense Ministry claims they are still attempting to verify the death of ISIS commander and other high ranking ISIS leaders who were attending the meeting. Russia claims that their airstrike targeting an ISIS meeting just outside of Raqqa, Syria, resulted in the deaths of over 300 militants including many mid and high-level leaders.
American officials have not yet confirmed the death of the ISIS commander. If reports are true the loss of al-Baghdadi could represent a fatal blow to the international terrorist organization.ISIS has been on a steady decline since first capturing Mosul in 2015 — their largest victory. Recent efforts by local militias, with the support of U.S. leadership and air power, have pushed ISIS back from their strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa.ISIS leaders originally fled Mosul after the historic town was captured by an American-Iraqi coalition force. The leaders relocated to Raqqa which has since been under heavy assault.
Now, reports claim that ISIS leadership is on the ropes and fleeing once again. Commanders are heading towards the small town of Mayadeen in the heart of ISIS-controlled territory.It is uncertain who will replace al-Baghdadi since American forces have successfully decimated the ISIS top brass. The number two leader of ISIS was killed in a U.S. led airstrike in 2015. U.S. airstrikes also killed the top ISIS finance official and the ISIS spokesman last year.Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, warned reporters not to become too optimistic. “Past examples of similar actions to strike the leadership of terrorist groups were presented with much enthusiasm and pomp, but the experience shows that those structures later regained their capability,” Lavrov said.
However, since President Trump has taken office, regional militias with American support have been successful at forcing the terror group to retreat. ISIS was barely hanging on before Russia announced the death of their leader. The end of ISIS may be within reach.