Gulf defense ministers: Baghdadi's killing is an important step in the elimination of ISIS

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Defense ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries praised on Wednesday the targeting of the leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in northern Syria.

Cairo – Sputnik. "The killing of al-Baghdadi (the leader of the Islamic State's outlawed terrorist organization in Russia and a large number of countries) is an important step to eliminate the cells of the organization," defense ministers and those assigned on their behalf in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain said.

Muscat will host the 16th meeting of the Joint Defense Council of GCC Defense Ministers chaired by Oman.

Gulf defense ministers will discuss ways to enhance military cooperation and action between their countries and adopt a number of resolutions and recommendations on the agenda.

US President Donald Trump announced at a White House press conference on Sunday that Baghdadi detonated his explosive vest after he was surrounded by US forces in a deadlock in northwest Syria.

Trump thanked Russia for its support and the Kurds, Turkey, Iraq and Syria for their cooperation in the process.

But Moscow played down Baghdadi's death. "Baghdadi's death has no significance for the situation in Syria," said a statement issued by the spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.



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