IS ‘caliph’ be­lieved to be still in Mo­sul

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BAGH­DAD: The Iraqi army has en­tered Mo­sul for the first time in over two years in a bat­tle that is likely to end in a de­ci­sive de­feat for Is­lamic State (IS).

The fight for Mo­sul will be all the greater for IS be­cause its self-de­clared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi (pix), is be­lieved to be still in­side the city.

Fuad Hus­sein, chief of staff to Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani, said sources in­di­cated “Abu Bakr is there and if he is killed, it will mean the col­lapse of IS”.

His pres­ence in Mo­sul may com­pli­cate and pro­long the bat­tle as his sup­port­ers would fight to the death to de­fend him.

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

Iraqi Spe­cial Forces en­tered Mo­sul on Tues­day, seiz­ing the state tele­vi­sion sta­tion on the east bank of the Ti­gris River that di­vides the city in half.

Fuad said the fall of Mo­sul would de­pend on many fac­tors, es­pe­cially whether or not IS “is go­ing to de­stroy the five bridges over the river”. – The In­de­pen­dent

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