Islamic State members raised alert in their stronghold town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after a senior aide to supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was assassinated.
If Baghdadi was really caught, it is a great success – everything is as if in 1945 near Berlin caught a live Hitler.
However, I think we should wait for official statements from our or the Syrian intelligence services. It is possible that this is another element of the information war against the Caliphate in order to undermine the morale of fighters who stubbornly continue to defend the Western part of Mosul.
For the first time after the battle in eastern Mosul, ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi interfered by ordering the evacuation of the ISIS militants in the area, a source told al-Sumaria News.
The unidentified source said Baghdadi has assigned Arab and non-Iraqi commanders to transfer the militants by boat through Tigris River to the right bank of Mosul.
In fact, Baghdadi (or those who in his name control the Caliphate), clearly intends/intend to give a full-fledged battle for Mosul and does not intend to implement the American plan for the Caliphate to surrender of Mosul without a fight, having gone to fight in Syria instead. On the contrary, claims and appeals to hold Mosul and to render more fierce resistance against the “crusaders” and “atheists” can lead to increased resistance fighters in Iraq, as well as to growth of number of terrorist attacks in Iraq and Turkey.