There is no one-hundred-percent confirmation yet that leader of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Friday.

“So far, I have no one-hundred-percent confirmation of this information,” the minister said.

The United States is deploying multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) to the areas in southern Syria where almost no units of the Islamic State remain, Lavrov added. 

“As for reports that the Americans are deploying more weapons, including MLRS, to southern Syria on the border with Jordan and Iraq…Russian military are analysing the situation in the country, including through the channel that we have with the US on preventing unintended incidents,” Lavrov said.

“According to our data, there are almost no IS units left in this area. Some experts view the deployment there of such serious weapons as an intention to create an additional military grouping to ensure steady communication channels between the government and pro-government forces in Syria and their partners in Iraq,” Lavrov stressed.

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