BAGHDAD PREPARES ITS OFFENSIVE AGAINST MOSUL: JIHADISTS ON THE RUN Yet another Isis stronghold is about to fall. The leaders of the organization were the first ones to leave the city

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The Daesh’s grip in the Arab countries of the Middle East is weakening. First, the Syrian army reconquered Palmyra and now another Isis stronghold is shaking, this time in Iraq. We are talking about Mosul, which has been under the fire of Baghdad’s regular troops and on the verge of falling for the last few days. At this time, dozens of jihadists are fleeing from the city, because of the offensive the Iraqi executive announced last week. The commanders of the terrorist group have been the first one to escape. As a consequence, militia men have been on alert since Saturday.

An activist from Mosul, Abdullah al-Mulla, mentioned enhanced security measures at the city entrances and checkpoints raised in different neighborhoods, to look for the fugitives. “Isis held a summit to remove local leaders from the positions of power, especially those whose movements inside the group had aroused suspicion” he explained.

Another source confirmed that “Isis-related security forces (al-hisbah) created special units to monitor the local movements of the leaders of the group in Mosul, to ensure that no one can easily leave the city.” Since Saturday, according to the Syrian agency, the anti-Isis international coalition conducted several air raids on some districts of the city and against Isis targets near the airport. Meantime, Iraqi forces targeted other Isis strongholds in a village located south of Mosul.

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