Russian foreign Ministry: possible with high probability to speak about the elimination of the leader of ISIS*
MOSCOW, 22 Aug — RIA Novosti. Deputy foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Oleg Syromolotov said that with the big share of probability it is possible to say that the leader of ISIS in al-Baghdadi had been eliminated as a result of the impact of the Russian space forces at the command of militants in the southern suburb of the Syrian city of raqqa.
“According to the Ministry of defense of Russia, with the big share of probability it is possible to say that the leader of ISIS* (formerly IG* — ed.) al-Baghdadi had been eliminated as a result of the impact of the Russian space forces at the command of militants in the southern suburb of the city of raqqa in late may of this year. This information is checked through a variety of channels,” said Syromolotov in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“The experience of the defeat of the terrorist thugs in the North Caucasus, I can say that if this information is confirmed, it will be possible to admit another major success of the Russian HQs in the fight against international terrorism,” he added.
According to Syromolotova, “it is important to understand that terrorist groups are structures with a rigid hierarchy, and the elimination of their leaders leads to a significant disruption of terrorists, brings fear and panic in their ranks.”
Deputy foreign Minister of Russia stressed that “the defeat of ISIS* should continue, including by ensuring the implementation of the principle of inevitability of punishment of terrorists”.
*a terrorist group banned in Russia.