The US defense Department reported about the elimination of the second person in hierarchy of ISIS, “representative for the media, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. In this case the Ministry of defence two weeks ago reported the destruction of al-Adnani, during air strikes videoconferencing. Then the Pentagon called supported by video recording the message a “joke”, now offers himself to believe in the word. Whose version seems more plausible?
The Pentagon has decided to seize the initiative from Russia and said the elimination of “official representative in working with the media,” the terrorist organization ISIS* Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. “The Ministry of defence confirmed that a precision airstrike USA on August 30, directed against a senior leader of Isil, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, was successful”, – said the representative of the military Department of the USA Peter cook.
“Geography and the logic of hostilities speak in favor of the Russian version”
But recall that earlier, the defense Ministry reported that al-Adnani was destroyed during the operation, videoconferencing, as a result of actions of the bomber su-34.
Explain that one of the field commanders of the terrorist group “Islamic state*” (IG) Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed in Aleppo, Syria, became known on August 30. The next day, a source in the defense Ministry told “Interfax” that al-Adnani has been eliminated, along with 40 other militants in an airstrike. “Abu Muhammad al-Adnani considered the second person in ISIS after its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was known for his calls for terrorist actions in Western Europe and the USA”, – told in the defense Ministry.
Note that on 30 August about the death of al-Adnani with reference to information resources of extremist told Reuters.
What made the army of Syria with the help of Russian troops (infographic)However, the Pentagon said that the results of the operation are not yet known and estimates Washington. A little later a representative of the U.S. Department of defense, who decided to remain anonymous, announced: “the statement of the Russia – joke” (Russia’s claim is a joke). Then the above mentioned Pentagon spokesman Peter cook said: “we Have no information to support the proposition of Russia, that she also struck a blow against al-Adnani”. He recalled that “we yesterday (Tuesday) launched a surgical strike aimed at al-Adnani, near al-Bab in Syria”.
Press Secretary of President Barack Obama’s Josh Ernest also said: “Russian officials indicate that Russia could be involved in these efforts based on the elimination of al-Adnani)… I am not aware of any facts that would support such claims”.
“According to the Pentagon, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani were eliminated by them in one of the districts of the town of al-Bab northeast of Aleppo. At the moment, the Islamists are actively leaving this city, as the Turks do not hide their intentions to take the city to finally “close the Kurdish project”, – said in comments the newspaper VIEW military expert, head of the research Department of middle East conflicts and the armed forces of the region of the Institute of innovative development Anton Mardas.
After the Turks launched “operation Shield of the Euphrates, ISIL fighters based in the town of Dzharablus, went to the city of al-Bab, which temporarily entrenched. It is through this city earlier, the Kurds wanted to combine their cantons.
According to some, said Mardas, “the official representative” is killed just at the time when he was filming the next propaganda video. However, he was eliminated in the course of an air strike on a gathering of militants in another district of the province of Aleppo. Earlier, the expert reminds, the Pentagon reported the drone.
Mardas also outlined the details of the Russian version of the story, according to which the Adnani was killed during an airstrike videoconferencing in the district Maratac-Umm-Haouch province of Aleppo. “A town West of El-Baba, a suburb of the city of Marea. Marea on August 30-31, began active attack the Kurds. According to some authoritative Russian space forces were responsible at that time for air support to attack Kurdish groups. It is possible that on 30 August in the airstrike and was killed Adnani,” explained the Mardas.
The Russian version looks more plausible
According to the military expert, Director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia, Semyon Bagdasarov, besides the fact that the Russian side, in contrast to the us, posts videos of airstrikes of its own, there is also another factor that causes to believe that the Russian version of the elimination of al-Adnani looks more plausible. “The fact that the main fighting against the “Islamic state” are in the region of Aleppo and are supported by the Russian VKS. It is logical that a senior commander of the ISIL was in this area,” – said Bagdasarov newspaper VIEW.
The expert also notes that al-Adnani, a Syrian by birth, was not just a senior leader of ISIL, but led the fighting in Syria. “Americans, in turn, reported that Adnani was eliminated in another district, closer to the Turkish border, but at that moment he was absolutely no reason to be. The geography and logic of hostilities speak in favor of the Russian version,” – said Bagdasarov.
The consequence of the internal conflict?
Anton Mardas indicates that there are alternative points of view. First, according to the expert, al-Adnani threatened to destroy the Kurds, although it is not clear that iglovskiy promoter “forgot” in the city, which is actively storming the Kurdish groups. “On the other hand, there have been cases of elimination of high-ranking commanders of the IGIL at the forefront,” – said the military expert.
Second, he notes that the Islamists portray his own death in order to cover their tracks – and it is impossible to exclude that in the case of al-Adnani. “Speaking in favor of this more frequent lately, the cases of killings of militant commanders. Shortly before the elimination Adnani on the Iraqi-Syrian border allegedly strikes of the international coalition troops was eliminated about eighty of the commanders of ISIS. That might be true, because after that, the Islamists began to bear large losses, but at the same time, not the fact that some of the supposedly destroyed by the commanders in fact alive,” – says Mardas.
And finally, in his opinion, Adnani could be eliminated as a result of internal squabbles in the “Islamic state”. “This information came from militants themselves. It was reported that he was not killed in the airstrike, and blowing his personal car. It is also a realistic assumption, considering the internal contradictions in LIH” – said the expert.
According to Murgasova, the presence of multiple conflicting versions of the elimination Adnani and other senior terrorists in Syria is due to the fact that despite some agreement, there is no clear coordination between the various involved in the fight against ISIS forces. “In fact, all the bombs they want, which leads to such incidents when it is not clear what happened and who did it”, – the expert believes.
* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”