Iraqi commander: ISIS leaders ‘running away’ from Mosul

Cmdr. Ra’ed Shaker Jawdat said ISIS militants were increasingly cut off from each other, and that its leaders were fleeing the remaining pockets of militant control.

“The terrorist organization Da’esh are living in a state of shock (and) confusion and defeat and its fighters are fighting in isolated groups,” Jawdat said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“Our field intelligence units indicate that the terrorist organization is falling apart and its leadership are running away from Mosul.”

He added that his forces were combing the al-Ghazalani, al-Jawasq, and al-Tayaran neighborhoods in search of fighters, IEDs and booby traps, and that government artillery was targeting remaining “terrorist dens” in the western half of the city.

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