The battle for Mosul may be nearing its
end, as Iraqi forces move within sight of
the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, where
the IS group proclaimed its so-called
Baghdadi is believed to have fled the
former IS group bastion sometime before
Iraqi security forces – backed by air
support from the anti-IS group coalition –
surrounded the city.
FRANCE 24’s Gallagher Fenwick earlier
cited some Mosul residents as saying that
Baghdadi’s departure shows that he is “no
honourable leader and rather a coward,
because he chose to leave his troops behind
– who are facing defeat – rather than engage
in combat alongside his troops”.
But it is a welcome development for some.
"We will hunt them down until the end …We
will follow them all the way to Syria and
finish them off once and for all," says one
Syria may indeed be next on the agenda.
But for now the IS group appears poised to
suffer heavy losses before losing one of its
main strongholds in Iraq.