The leader of the “Islamic state” (ISIS, a terrorist organization banned in Russia), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi admitted defeat in the recent fighting in Iraq. It is reported by the Iraqi channel Al Sumaria, citing a source in Nineveh province.
According to the interlocutor of TV channel, speaking on condition of anonymity, al-Baghdadi appealed to his associates to the preachers with the “farewell speech” in which he explained to them, “what’s going on with the group”. The leader of the terrorist organization urged its followers to take refuge in the remote mountainous regions of Syria and Iraq and gave them instructions to undermine itself in the case of the environment.
The source added that the leaders of the Shura and close to al-Baghdadi commanders fled from the area of tel-afar and the Nineveh province in Syria.
In October 2016, the Iraqi military, supported by the international coalition led by the US launched an operation to liberate Mosul, the second largest city of Iraq, which was captured by terrorists of the Islamic state in July 2014. February 19, after Stripping from the insurgents of the Eastern regions of Mosul, was started the operation to liberate the Western part, where the historic centre.
February 23, the Iraqi army repelled militants in the Mosul airport. The Associated Press reported that fierce fighting took place on the runway of the airfield. In addition, Iraqi forces cut off the last supply routes and movement of militants between the city and tel afar.
Wednesday, March 1, the Iraqi military announced that taken control of the last major road of Western Mosul. Currently armored division of the Iraqi army located a kilometer away from the “gate” of Syria, the entrance to the city, told Reuters the Iraqi General.