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The Kremlin Just Contradicted Trump’s Claim On ISIS Raid, Expresses Doubt On ‘Reality And Success’ Of Operation

The Russian military on Sunday released a statement contradicting President Donald Trump’s claims that Russia had cooperated with a U.S. raid in northern Syria against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying they were unaware of such operation. They also expressed “valid doubts” al-Baghdadi had been killed.

In a rambling speech from the White House on Sunday, Trump first thanked Russia for its assistance in the raid. According to Trump, Russia had allowed U.S. aircraft into its airspace to conduct the operation.

But later on Sunday, the Russian military indicated that it was unaware of the raid, according to BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg.

A spokesperson for the Russian military said there were “valid doubts about the reality & success” of the U.S. operation.

“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,” a source in the Russian defense ministry added.

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