In an Ironic revelation, Britain claimed that ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled from the Iraqi city of Mosul, while calling out terrorists not to retreat in the fight with Iraqi forces.
The Daily Mail reported that the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s call for terrorists not to retreat when faced with Iraqi forces was “cruelly ironic” because intelligence suggested he had fled the city.
It was reported that in an audio-recording released on Thursday, al-Baghdadi has said that he was confident of victory in the de-facto capital Mosul and urged followers to continue fighting.
However, in reply to queries in the House of Commons Johnson said, “It is a cruel irony that some of the intelligence we have, you may know, suggests that the gentleman in question has actually vacated the scene himself and is nonetheless using internet media to encourage people to take part in violence.”
In his speech he pledged that the ISIS would be repelled from the war-torn Iraqi city, which has been under ISIS control since June 2014 adding that, “The house can be sure that Daesh will be driven from Mosul, but this is the toughest task that Iraq’s security forces have yet encountered.”
Reportedly, in his first statement since the major offensive began, Al-Baghdadi had implored jihadis to attack the “enemies of God” in what is seen as an all or nothing battle for them. “Turn the nights of the unbelievers into days, to wreck havoc in their land and make their blood flow as rivers,” he said in the audio.
He was “confident of victory”, calling on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were poised to enter the city, declared a “caliphate” when it was overrun by the group two years ago.
In an undated but latest message, where he has made references to events that are barely a few weeks old, Al-Baghdadi has called for attacks against Saudi Arabia and Turkey
Reportedly, Ankara has troops stationed at a base just outside Mosul and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s escalating rhetoric has raised fears of a unilateral Turkish intervention in Iraq.
It has been estimated by the US-led coalition that there are 3,000-5,000 IS fighters inside the city but the final outcome of the battle appears to be in little doubt.
It is to remind you that tens of thousands of Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition and its warplanes, launched a massive offensive on Mosul on October 17. It has been reported that 40,000 Iraqi and Kurd troops are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault.