ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) Leader Abubakir al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and reportedly headed to Syria.
General Maan al-Saadi, an official from the Iraqi counter-terrorism service told Al Arabiya that the IS chief Abubakr al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and abandoned his soldiers, “leaving them to die.”
Saadi said Baghdadi has fled to an unknown location and expected be plotting further international attacks.
The IS militants have suffered significant loss in Mosul and that the they “no longer feel they have a place” in the city following the liberation of most of the city’s districts, he said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi previously said that the information available about Baghdadi indicates that he has fled Mosul a long time ago, stating that the IS militants are left with only two choices, “surrendering or death.”
Baghdadi has lost control over the operations in Mosul, playing no role in the fighting in the city. According to the Iraqi military officials, his role ended in this region.