- Iraqi army has intensified force to regain Mosul, controlled by ISIS
- ISIS is fleeing from Iraq to areas controlled by them in Syria
- Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi carries a $10 million bounty on his head
Baghdadi, who had declared himself as 'Caliph', issued a statement titled 'farewell speech' which was distributed among ISIS' preachers and clerics yesterday, as Iraqi army tightened noose around the group's last remaining territory in Mosul, Al-Arabiya reported, quoting Iraqi TV network Alsumaria.
Citing the sources in the Iraqi governorate of Nineveh, the report said Baghdadi ordered the closure of the ISIS office regulating the group's fighters and asked the group's non-Arab fighters to either return to their countries or detonate themselves, promising them "72 women in heaven." Baghdadi, who has reportedly been wounded multiple times, carries a USD 10 million bounty on his head.
Many of ISIS' terrorists in Iraq have now fled towards the area controlled by the group in neighbouring Syria, it added. Iraqi forces backed by international and US aid launched a massive operation to retake Mosul on October 17. In January, they captured the eastern side of Mosul -- the last ISIS-held city in Iraq.