Russia: We have "valid doubts" that Trump actually killed ISIS leader in raid like he claims
President Donald Trump's alleged major victory involving the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is now being called into question by Russia.
According to BBC News correspondent Steve Rosenberg, there are "valid" concerns:
"Moscow unconvinced by US claims that al-Baghdadi has been killed. Russian defense ministry refers to “valid doubts about the reality & success (of the operation), says “no air strikes by US or coalition forces registered in Idlib de-escalation zone on Saturday or recent days.”
Russian defense ministry: “We are not aware of any assistance having being given to US Air Force flights into the air space of the Idlib de-escalation zone in this operation...”
Oddly, in President Trump's speech to the nation, he thanked Russia for its assistance, and he even claimed that Russia had allowed U.S. aircraft into its airspace to do the operation. But, this report coming from the defense ministry, if true, is clearly calling Trump's statement a lie. This raises a whole lot of disturbing questions.
There have already been credible reports calling into question the validity of the "war room" photo Trump took in the Situation Room. Now, just add this on top of it.
The only evidence we have of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death are supposedly "DNA evidence." He reportedly blew him self up with a suicide bomb, so there's no body to be found. Trump was very vocal and graphic in detailing how the ISIS leader died.
"Baghdadi and the losers who worked for him, and losers they are, they had no idea what they were getting into. In some cases, they were very frightened puppies," the president said. "He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place. God bless America."
Trump didn't even brief Congress on the raid, but apparently he did with Russia? That's the other big story today. So, together, there's just so many people being left out of this or misinformed of what actually happened thus far.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out against President Trump for leaving her and other top leaders out of it:
"The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration's overall strategy in the region," she said in a statement Sunday.