Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to deputies and is hiding in the desert

US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Isis, 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.

But US and Iraqi intelligence sources say an absence of official communication from the group’s leadership and the loss of territory in Mosul suggest he has abandoned the city, by far the largest population centre his group has ever held.

  • BillyHW

    It sounds like he’s not in a rush to get his 72 virgins. How odd.

    • Exile1981

      Mohammed used to give his sword to one of his followers and send them into battle at the front. He claimed that any battle in which his sword was leading the charge was the same as if he lead the charge.

      • BillyHW

        But of course it was.

  • huron

    Blown away

    • BillyHW

      I hope so soon. I’ve got Abu in my celebrity death pool.

  • Uncommunist

    The caliph has no clothes ?

    • islam has no ethics……

  • Barrington Minge

    Funny how arabs always turn out to be cowards…..

  • tom_billesley

    Sitting in a tent in the desert of Iraq or Syria?
    Nah. It’s more likely that he’s in an air-conditioned villa in Saudi Arabia.

  • Ed

    “…who declared himself the “ruler of all Muslims” from Mosul’s Great Mosque…”

    This will make Sowahardy madder ‘n an albino hitchhiking in a snowstorm.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Soon to be seen on his regular slot on CNN

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Every jihad leader is a coward who will never be found at the front of his troops.