Islamic State supreme leader’s speech admits defeat in Mosul

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State’s supreme leader has delivered a speech ordering his fighters to flee urban areas in Mosul, a presumable acknowledgement of defeat to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and militias fighting to retake the city.

Alsumaria News quoted local sources saying that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a “farewell speech” to his combatants in battlefields, ordering them to “flee and hide in mountainous areas” in Iraq and Syria. The text of the speech was disseminated among other speakers to read out to fighters at various areas in western Mosul.

The directives tell fighters to blow themselves up once encircled by Iraqi troops, the source claims, adding that senior commanders close to Baghdadi were moving on the borderline between Syria and Iraq. “The leaders of the so-called Mujahideen Shura (advisory) Council have all fled Nineveh and Tal Afar to Syria.”

An Iraqi special forces soldier fires as other soldiers runs across a street during a battle in Mosul, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS10ZVB

Iraqi forces have made remarkable gains since launching a renewed offensive on February 19th to retake western Mosul from IS militants. The government said late January it had retaken the eastern side of the city following three months of fighting.

Military commanders from the Iraqi forces and the allied U.S.-led international military coalition have said IS resistance was remarkably weaker in the west compared to the east. Government forces became closer Tuesday to a government complex in central Mosul, having retaken the city’s airport, a major military base and a vital bridge linking both sides of the city.

Earlier this month, unconfirmed news claimed that Baghdadi, whose exact whereabouts remained unknown for long, had been seriously wounded when airstrikes targeted a senior leadership meeting he chaired near the borders with Syria.


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  1. Wonder whether allowing ISIS to retake Palmyra and hold Mosul were traps. Now about 15,000 ISIS men trapped in with no hope of leaving alive. Palmyra, Mosul, Palmyra, Raqqa, Abidi free from ISIS is a good sign of starting the end of ISIS. Hope Muslims in general have learned their lesson of not falling for the so called Islamists.

  2. A warning to all Muslims and Islam and Islamist worldwide: we the FREE people of the world will fight you and hunt you down and destroy you utterly.
    Islam needs to become a religion of peace or you will all be destroyed. Your choice.
    Work for Peace in the World or LEAVE this world in Peace.

    Shockran Gazeelan!! El Ham dulila!

  3. The world will no longer tolerate the muslim religion’s intolerance of others, other religions, other ways of life, peace and tolerance is the way forward…

  4. If he made that speech he made it in advance and someone released it now or it was made by a ghost. past tense.

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