Russia claims it killed two more Islamic State commanders in Syria: Ifax

FILE PHOTO: A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV
FILE PHOTOGRAPH: A Man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what can be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s 2d metropolis, Mosul, in step with a video recording posted on the net on July…

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The Russian defense ministry mentioned on Saturday it had killed two Islamic State field commanders, named as Abu Omar al-Beljiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, in air strikes close to the japanese Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Interfax information company said.

The observation came a day after Russia said it’ll have killed Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike ultimate month. Washington mentioned it could possibly no longer corroborate Baghdadi’s death and Western and Iraqi officers were skeptical.

The Russian defense ministry mentioned on Saturday it killed round A Hundred And Eighty militants and the two commanders al-Beljiki and al-Masri in air strikes just about Deir al-Zor on June 6 and June Eight.

Hisham al-Hashimi, a Baghdad-based totally skilled who advises several Middle East governments on Islamic State affairs, stated he Used To Be skeptical about Russia’s claim on Saturday.

He mentioned Abu Yasin al-Masri is the same particular person as Abu al-Haj al-Masri, who the Russians on Friday mentioned they killed near Raqqa in Could.

Al-Hashimi mentioned the other IS chief, al-Beljiki, Was Once not going to have been in Syria at the time of the assault.

“The Russians are trying to support their file fighting Daesh because it Was the Americans who have killed the highest commanders of the staff up to now, like Abu Omar al-Shishani, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani and Abu Ali al-Anbari,” he mentioned, the usage of an Arabic acronym of Islamic State.

“If (Russia’s) announcements prove unsuitable, their credibility might be hurt,” al-Hashimi said.

Islamic State warring parties are on the subject of defeat in the twin capitals of the crew’s territory, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, after just about three years ruling over tens of millions of individuals in a large space in both nations.

A U.S.-led coalition is helping Iraqi forces within the Mosul struggle and assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which contains Arab and Kurdish militias, in Raqqa.

Having been forced into retreat across a lot of Syria, Islamic State’s biggest final foothold in Syria is in the jap province of Deir al-Zor.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh in Moscow and Maher Chmaytelli in Erbil. Editing via Lisa Barrington and Andrew Bolton)

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