Islamic State leader Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to field commanders, U.S. and Iraqi sources say

Islamic State leader Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to field commanders, U.S. and Iraqi sources sayBy Isabel Coles, John Walcott and Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival. It is impossible to confirm the whereabouts of the Islamic State “caliph”, who declared himself the ruler of all Muslims from Mosul’s Great Mosque after his forces swept through northern Iraq in 2014.



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