Analysis: The significance of the battle for Mosul
ISIS leader al-Baghdadi escapes from MosulBritish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson stated that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped from Mosul, Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraqi Special Forces entered six neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city, which is considered an ISIS stronghold.
Today (Friday), British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson stated that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped from Mosul, Iraq. This statement was issued after al-Baghdadi in an audio tape that was released yesterday called for ISIS members to continue fighting for Mosul.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani stated today that ISIS terrorists have murdered hundreds of people including 50 ISIS deserters and 180 former employees of Iraq’s government in the city of Mosul. According to reports, ISIS transferred 1,600 people to the city Tal Afar most likely in order to use them as human shields from air strikes.
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Meanwhile, Iraqi Special Forces expelled ISIS from 6 neighborhoods in Mosul in an attempt to regain control over the whole eastern part of the city currently under ISIS control. A senior level officer in the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service stated that ISIS terrorists suffered heavy casualties during the fight for Mosul.
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