IS chief Baghdadi trapped by Iraqi Army inside Mosul

The presence of Baghdadi in Mosul may complicate and prolong the battle for Mosul as his surviving adherents fight to the death to defend him.

By: PTI | London | Published:November 2, 2016 6:46 pm
File photo of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. File photo of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been trapped by Iraqi Army, which entered the terrorist group’s stronghold of Mosul for the first time in more than two years for a final assault, a report has claimed. The battle for Mosul, where the self-declared caliph of IS is believed to be hiding, is likely to end in a decisive defeat for the terrorist group, the Independent reported.

Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, told the daily that his government had information from multiple sources that “Baghdadi is there and, if he is killed, it will mean the collapse of the whole [IS] system.”

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Baghdadi has kept himself concealed for the last eight or nine months according to Hussein, who added that the caliph had become very dependent on IS commanders from Mosul and Tal Afar, a city just to the west of Mosul. Other senior and better known figures in IS, particularly those from Syria and other countries, have been killed since their initial triumphs in the summer of 2014 when they took over much of northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

The presence of Baghdadi in Mosul may complicate and prolong the battle for Mosul as his surviving adherents fight to the death to defend him. If he is killed, IS would have to choose a new caliph in the middle of a battle, but no successor would have the authority and prestige of Baghdadi, the leader who surprised the world by establishing the caliphate after capturing Mosul in June 2014.

Hussein said “it is obvious that they will lose, but not how long this will take to happen.”

He said Kurdish Peshmerga forces had been impressed by the extraordinary number of tunnels that Isis had dug in order to provide hiding places in the villages around Mosul. Yesterday, Iraqi Special Forces advanced into Mosul, which once had a population of two million, seizing the state television on the east bank of the Tigris River that divides the city in half.

Hussein said the speed of the fall of Mosul would depend on many factors especially whether or not IS “is going to destroy the five bridges over the river.”

Iraqi troops entered Gogjali, a district inside Mosul’s city limits, and later the borders of the more built-up Karama district, according to Major General Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi special forces.

“Daesh (IS) is fighting back and have set up concrete blast walls to block off the Karama neighbourhood and [stop] our troops’ advance,” General Aridi said.

The anti-IS offensive is dependent on US-led air strikes and the presence of US special forces.

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    IML sood
    Nov 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm
    Farzi means fake and fake comments do not carry any weight.Why this moron waste time which he could use to become Asli,a real man instead of transgender.IS is doomed with his sympathisers all over the world,no escape now
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      Raj
      Nov 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm
      Get him alive, if possible. A live trial will be a sensational phenomenon of this guy. Get the Yazidi slaves be the jury or something - true justice! Get him alive!
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        Raj
        Nov 3, 2016 at 10:57 am
        I concur - but instead of handing him over for lynching, he should go through a worldwide trial. Maybe elements of all of those communities should play a part in the jury.
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          Dilip
          Nov 3, 2016 at 9:06 am
          no comment for secular muslims...w muslims are responsible for terrorism
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            farzi kumar
            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:21 pm
            I like the way last line is sneaked in the report crediting USA but everyone knows that what usa could not achieve in 1year, russia achieved it in less then 3 weeks of bombing. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lesson learned :- IE stop being a pressutes
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              Himanshu Chaudhary
              Nov 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm
              Lets hope this is the beginning of the end for ISIS.
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                Kartaar Singh
                Nov 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                Sincere condolences in advance to all Sickulars, Liberals and Vote-bankers ! Let the chanting begin - 'Baghdadi hum sharminda hain...'
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                  Kartha MN
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                  This could be the opportune moment to eliminate the scourge called IS. The world could be a lot better without these devils
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                    David
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm
                    Ki-ll all the bearded terr-orists. Islam needs reform. Why? Example: all Muslim countries. A life of dea-th and dest-ruction.
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                      Rik
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm
                      FArzi, Russia is bombing in Syrian city of Alleppo mainly against the rabels (against ad). Mosul is in Iraq. Get your facts in.
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                        Vedic_Citizen
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                        Difficult to say who is most evil - Saddam, Gaddafi, Osama,Babar, Aurangazeb, Mulla Omar or Bagdadi ?lt;br/gt;All these are heroes for Sunni mullas
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                          sochee
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm
                          Ever since Khomeni siezed power in Iran through that theocratic coup entire middle east is in turmoil. After capturing power through extreme violence through bombing and arson and other ghastly deeds he set on to project Shia power through Hezbollah in Lebanon and reduced that once beautiful country into a dungheap of Islamic terror. He got Basher el as had as his ally in Syria very close to France from where he had directed that coup. It was a close call both for Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both intervened -- Israel in Lebanon directly taking on Hezbollah and Saudi Arabia taking on Syria. When Hezbollah were pounded by Israel Iran needed forward help to them. For it to happen Iran needed the territory of Iraq a shia majority country ruled by sunni Saddam Hussein. Saddam resisted Khomeni and they went to war. After a long drawn brutal war Iran came to its senses and stopped the war. Saddam who helped by America in this war wanted to consolidate Sunni hold over Iraq by capturing Kuwait. There are many countries in that region where rulers are Sunnis but majority of potion are Shias. Khomeni s Iran raised prospects of political changes in this region by disturbing the Sunni rule in these countries. Saddam wanted to thwart Iran but ended up bring the wrong tree by antagonising America by threatening to switch over to Euro after junking the medium of dollar for of oil. America invaded Iraq and defeating Saddam dismantled not only Sunni dominate d Iraqi army but willy nilly handed over power to Shias antagonising the Sunnis of Iraq. Shia militias started butchering Sunnis. There was a resistance to this repression and the Sunnis took up arms and resorted to violent bombings to retaliate. All Baghdadi finally became the leader of Sunnis Resistance in Iraq and decided to curve out a Sunnis majority state by bringing all Sunnis majority provinces of Iraq,Syria andlt;br/gt;other states in the region together. It was so far so good. But in order to build up a fighting force which can take up the might of Iran they started mobilisation of Sunnis all over the world in the name of jihad and fist islam and resorted to barbarism forgetting the fact that they can not thrust upon the twenty first century world what won them power in a remote Arabian desert about 1400years back. Entire world opinion is now unhelpful towards the cause of Sunnis in Daes. If mashul falls Iran will gain unprecedented reach from the vicinity of Turkey to the vicinity of France. That will be gift of Baghdad I a staunch Sunnis to Shia Iran. Will the Kurds help America to stop it?
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                            ProdyotPran
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                            1. but case= nut case-- 2. if regime change= of regime change
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                              ProdyotPran
                              Nov 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                              Farzi Kumar, I agree with you when you said what the so called the US led international coalition could not achieve in years, Russia achieved achieved ten times more in just three months from September 30, to December 31, 2015. Wikileaks have released emails of Hillary Clinton wherein she had boasted of creating ISIS to oust the democratically elected Syrian President ad only because this Arab leader refused to bow down before the US. There are photographs in circulation that shows us senator John McCain having a chat with this but case called Baghdadi. McCain is a vocal supporter if the US First doctrine of world dominance. He is also a vocal supporter if regime change policy.. Incidentally Russia flew into the Syrian theatre and spoiled the US game plan of hegemony.
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                                ProdyotPran
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm
                                Rik, the US and it's allies were playing the game of bombing the ISIS in Syria till September 30,2015. But, they in fact never bombed the ISIS. Russia moved in on 30th September and started to bomb both, the ISIS and other rebels. ISIS ran away from Syria only after Russia entered there. Till then ISIS was having a great ball game because the US never bombed them. Once Russia called the US bluff, the US was left with no other option but to fight the ISIS, a force it had created. So, the US started bombing the ISIS.
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                                  ProdyotPran
                                  Nov 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                                  to Dave it's face the US started bombing ISIS in mosul. There is one more reason for the US now hitting the ISIS. Iraq had officially declared that as the 13 year long US led campaign has shown no permanent results, the country will request Russia to ist it against ISIS. This created a panic situation in the US leadership. So, they took permission from the ISIS leadership to bomb them. If you read through news reports you will be quite shocked how ISIS continued to gain strength earlier even when the US was fighting it, but how it is now reduced to a spent force once Russia entered the theatre.
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                                    ProdyotPran
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm
                                    to Dave its face= to save its face
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                                      ProdyotPran
                                      Nov 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                                      Because Syrian President ad had the guts to defy the diktats of the US the terror outfit ISIS was created by the CIA.lt;br/gt;Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some others chipped in.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Millions have been killed in Syria alone.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;For the US human beings are expendable to further its own selfish interest in the name of US First.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Sad
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                                        ProdyotPran
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                                        I found the perfect answer to your question. Ans:- The CIA
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                                          ProdyotPran
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm
                                          If this Jughead is trapped, it is a great news.lt;br/gt;If he is captured alive, that will be a sad news.
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                                            Raj V
                                            Nov 3, 2016 at 12:18 am
                                            The killer of people from other sects and religions should not go unpunished.
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