The latest from the Middle East

ISIS Leader killed

ISIS has confirmed the death of one of its prominent leaders. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in Iraq when his convoy was hit by an air strike.

United States disclosed this information as early as August 21 but the official confirmation from ISIS appeared only now. 

Russian air strikes

During the last day Russian planes conducted as many as 90 air mission over Syria.  Russia says that the main targets of these missions were the fortified positions of ISIS over Latakia, Aleppo, Idlib and Raqqa.

Russian Ministry of Defense states that the air strikes destroyed many armor and ammunition depots.  According to the report the air strikes also killed many ISIS fighters.

The Russians say that ISIS has started moving their reserves from Raqqa as a result of a weakening in their front lines.

Syrian offensive on Aleppo

The military of Syria and Iran are joining their efforts to conduct a major offensive on the city of Aleppo. It is reported that the fighters from Hezbollah are to join this offensive too.

Russian warplanes will support the offensive.

  Syria, Russian air strikes, Russian military in Syria, ISIS