UNCONFIRMED: ISIS leader wounded by Iraqi-Russian coordinated airstrike


October 12, 2015 – 

RusVesna – 

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski

“Breaking: ISIS leader severely injured as a result of an Iraqi airstrike in partnership with Russia, western media withhold information – Kurdish militia intelligence”

Oct. 11, 2015 23:32

This sensational information was relayed to “Russian Spring” by a militiaman from Donbass, call-sign “Timur”, who is now among the Kurdish resistance detachments and responsible for coordinating operations with the Syrian Army.

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Contrary to the claims of Western media, the head of the terrorist organization “Islamic State”, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was injured, along with ISIS leaders, by an Iraqi airstrike on a convoy in the city of Karabilah in the Iraqi province of Anbar. 

Currently, the wounded thug leader is in the Syrian city Al-Bukamal near the Iraqi border, where around 1,000 fighters are concentrated.

It should be noted that repeated attempts by US and NATO special services to liquidate the odious terrorist leader were without effect. However, shortly after the beginning of Iraqi-Russian cooperation in the framework of an anti-terrorist coalition and the opening of a joint information center in Baghdad, the Iraqi air force received the necessary data for a strike against top ISIS leaders. 

Note from J. Arnoldski: The news of al-Baghdadi’s wounding by an Iraqi airstrike made possible by the efforts and intelligence of the joint, anti-ISIS coalition consisting of Russia, Iraq, Iran, and Syria is so far UNCONFIRMED. And, indeed, almost all major Western media have remained silent, refusing to even consider alleged reports. However, RT has covered the news citing Iranian news agencies and the report of the Baghdad Information Center. In addition, the French publication Le Nouvel Observateur has published the news and The Jerusalem Post reported that, while the airstrike targeting the ISIS convoy did in fact kill several ISIS leaders, Baghdadi was not among them according to “hospital sources and residents.” The Independent cited the first statements from the Iraqi military that al-Baghdadi’s fate was “unknown” and that he was “carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear.” BBC merely passed on the Iraqi report that al-Baghdadi’s convoy was hit. Both the BBC and the Independent, the only two significant Western news sources which have brought any attention to his alleged harm, spent considerable time assuring that the incident is most likely another false-flag, hysterical report akin to those from April, November, and July, 2014. ISIS itself, meanwhile, according to statements spread on Twitter, has at least denied that the leader is dead. 

While only time and investigation will tell if al-Baghdadi is indeed injured, or dead, there are several reasons why major Western media and ISIS itself will most likely shy away from any coverage or confirmation. The most important reason is clear: a confirmed kill, or at least wounding, of al-Baghdadi would irreparably disgrace and discredit the Western media campaign against the Russian-led anti-ISIS coalition, as such a success would prove the viability, efficiency, and integrity of the coalition’s mission, intelligence, and strikes. This would openly contradict the mainstream corporate media line that the coalition is bombing the FSA and anti-Assad groups, not ISIS, and that the coalition is little more than a cunning scam to “save Assad” under the guise of “fighting terrorism” whose “clumsiness” and “faulty intelligence” have led to (provenly fake) civilian deaths. 

As for ISIS itself, it is unlikely that any information will be released, as al-Baghdadi’s location, condition, and the status of the leadership in general are purposefully shrouded for security and political reasons. Between the shadows of the ISIS leadership itself and the prejudices of Western media and Western governments lies the uncomfortable truth concerning ISIS’s relationship to the United States. The last thing the US needs or wants is publicity on a successful Russian-led coalition bombing of the leader of the organization which is (directly and indirectly) aiding its geopolitical aims in the Middle East and its information war against Russia. 

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