Islamic State (ISIS) Brags About Downing Russian Wagner Group Drone In Mali

July 19, 2022

On July 18, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) A'maq News Agency shared a short video clip which shows "the downing of a patrol plane belonging to the Russian Wagner Group militia[1] on July 16, 2022, by Islamic State fighters, near the city of Menaka in eastern Mali." It should be noted that in fact the clip does not document the downing of the craft, but only its destruction after it has already fallen to the ground.

Click below to view the clip.

On the same day, the pro-ISIS Al-Qadisiyah News Agency published a brief review of the Wagner Group and added that ISIS is "the only force that has punished it, mainly in the Syrian Desert, where it has forced the group to withdraw most of its mercenaries from Syria, and now it is punishing them in Mozambique and Mali."

On the following day, July 19, the pro-ISIS Murhafat Foundation shared a poster on Telegram which portrays a screenshot from the A'maq video alongside the text, "The Russian Wagner militias also get their share of the fire of the soldiers of the caliphate."

In 2020, ISIS claimed that it had forced the Wagner Group to withdraw from Mozambique, after the local regime requested its help.[2]


[1] The Wagner Group is a private Russian paramilitary company which is also referred to as the private army of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It has a network of mercenaries operating in Libya, Syria, Mali, and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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