The Pentagon has estimated the terrorist group has as many as 30,000 followers and has reverted to its roots as a deadly guerrilla insurgency. The United Nations agreed with the Pentagon s estimate of ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria, and found that ISIS s affiliates in Afghanistan, Libya and the Sinai also had 4,000, 3,000 and 1,000 hardcore fighters, respectively. Most worryingly, ISIS reportedly has set up fallback bases in the remote highlands to the southeast of Mosul, Iraq, in the Qara Chokh, Hamrin, and Makhmour Mountains. ISIS members are carrying out sleeper cell terror attacks in Iraq and Syria, including the systematic killing of pro government Iraqi elders, setting off massive car bombs, ambushing Shiite militias, dressing up as government troops at fake checkpoints and executing government employees, wiping out Iranian convoys in Syria, massacring pro government villagers in Syria, killing Syrian Army troops in ambushes, reconquering lands in central Syria, suicide bombing allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Force fighters and Kurdish intelligence operatives.
More than 300,000 residents of Mosul are still displaced with no homes to go back to, two years after the end of the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).About 138,000 houses were damaged or destroyed in the entire city during the conflict. In West Mosul alone, there are still more than 53,000 houses flattened and thousands more damaged.
An iconic statue that was destroyed by ISIS in 2015 has been recreated using crowdsourced photographs and a 3D printer.
On Monday, the Islamic State released a video of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi holding a meeting with three members in a traditional Arab home setting. It was Baghdadi s first public appearance since he declared himself a caliph from the pulpit of an iconic 12th century mosque in Mosul in the summer of 2014.The message of the video, however, was not just to show that Baghdadi was still alive; the group could have made that point without the risks involved in the production and release of a video at a time when the coalition led by the United States is still fully deployed in Iraq and Syria. The message, rather, was far more ambitious. Above all, it was an announcement of the group s wider geographic ambitions.
The man assumed to be Abu Bakr al Baghdadi appears in a video released on April 29, 2019.Al Furqan Media Network Reuters TV via Reuters With a new video, the Islamic State s long elusive leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has reemerged. His message was simple: ISIS s self declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria has fallen, but the global community forged by ISIS lives on. That makes his video something of a rebuttal to President Donald Trump s December claim that ISIS was defeated. The first question to ask about the video is: Why release it? Baghdadi has been, for almost five years, a ghost, not seen publicly since July 2014, when ISIS released a video that showed him speaking at the al Nuri Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. For the world s most wanted man, any link to the outside world is a vulnerability, a possible vector for intelligence agencies and militaries to find and eliminate him. Breaking a half decade of silence carries the risk of death. Baghdadi, however, evidently concluded that being seen and heard from right now outweighed that risk. And that s surely because ISIS faces dangers as an organization that are more significant than the ones Baghdadi does as an individual.
The resurfacing of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi confirms what experts have said about ISIS: the group may have lost all its territory in Iraq and Syria, but is not dead and gone.Al Baghdadi was seen in a video released by the ISIS on April 29, five years after he proclaimed the Caliphate in Mosul, Iraq. The video comes weeks after ISIS lost all its territory, after being defeated in Baghuz, Syria. But al Baghdadi 's whereabouts have remained a mystery. The video, of course, gives no clue about that. It shows him seated on a carpeted floor, with matching cushions, and an automatic rifle propped up against the wall. He is wearing a black tunic and a black cloth over his head.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in his first public appearance in Mosul, Iraq, in July 2014 (left) and in a video released Monday that purported to show him speaking to supporters. AP hide caption
Graeme Wood Staff writer at The Atlantic A video posted on a militant website in 2014 purported to show Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.Associated Press Minutes ago, the Islamic State released a video of the most wanted man in the world, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. No one has seen him publicly since his infamous speech at the al Nuri Mosque in Mosul, Iraq, in July 2014. In today s video, he is sitting cross legged, with a white sheet behind him and, nearby, an automatic rifle and a few tasteful cushions. Sitting to one side, silently, are three masked men. Baghdadi speaks for about 12 minutes calmly, simply, without any particular charisma and his audience listens attentively and silently.From the video we learn that Baghdadi is neither dead nor disabled. His condition was not a foregone conclusion: Russia announced in 2017 that it blew him to smithereens in an air strike, and news reports said that he suffered a crippling spinal injury. The latter is still possible; Baghdadi doesn t stand up or gesticulate in a way that demonstrates a full range of motion. But this is not a Richard Simmons video, and we should not interpret too much from his physical modesty. His hands look a little anemic, and his ear appears to be abnormally wrinkled, like a wrestler s or a cardiac patient s. But overall, he does not look like someone who has been hiding in a spider hole.
also read A UK court rejected the petition of Vijay Mallya against extradition to IndiaAccording to Source report, it is found that the defendant, herself the mother of a small girl, had incriminated herself while talking at length to an undercover FBI informant in a bugged car. German prosecutors allege her ISIS husband had purchased the Yazidi child and her mother a co plaintiff in the trial as household "slaves " whom they held captive while living in then ISIS occupied Mosul, Iraq, in 2015. The trial will start at 0730 GMT under tight security in a Munich court that deals with state security and terrorism cases, with hearings initially scheduled until September 30.
Mohammed Ismail was executed by Isis after he confessed to giving away the movements of Nasser Muthana, a leading Isis propagandist and recruiter. Muthana had been on a Pentagon ”kill list ” and was annihilated by a precision air strike in Mosul. A sick jihadist from Australia was also killed in the attack.
An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul.
U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the military carried out 31,406 airstrikes between August 2014 and November 2018 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The military said it determined three more incidents contained credible reports of civilian casualties, including a secondary explosion following the destruction of an explosives factory in Mosul, Iraq that killed 12 civilians in March 2017.
Australia #39;s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton described the 27 year old former rapper from Melbourne as "a very dangerous individual ". Through his father, Prakash had joint Australian and Fijian citizenship. Under Australian law, a dual national can be stripped of their citizenship if they are convicted or suspected of terror offences.He had featured in ISIS videos and has been linked to a failed Melbourne plot to behead a police officer and another attack in which two officers were stabbed outside a Melbourne police station, the SBS News reported, Prakash left Australia for Syria in 2013, taking the name Abu Khaled al Cambodi. He was mistakenly reported to have been killed in a US air strike in Mosul, Iraq, in 2015.
Abdullatif Al Humaym, the head of Sunni Muslim endowments in all of Iraq, places the cornerstone for the rebuilding of the Great Mosque of Al Nuri in Mosul. The historic mosque and its leaning minaret were destroyed in 2017 when Iraqi forces reclaimed the city from the Islamic State. Zaid al Obeidi AFP Getty Images hide caption
Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan ( "The Kingdom, " "World War Z ") is making his directorial debut with "Mosul, " a film about a SWAT team 's desperate fight to rid the Iraq city of ISIS militants that shot in secret in Morocco last spring with a local cast.
But signs of hope and a fierce sense of determination are starting to show. A billboard on the outskirts reads lsquo;I love Mosul ', and I can see people really do. Buildings which once bore the brunt of the battle have been painted in bright colours. Walls once sprayed with bullet holes have been re plastered and roofs have been fixed. The streets, which used to be deadly quiet, are buzzing with people on the way to the market.There 's still a long way to go in the Old City, where Isis held out till the bitter end in the Great Mosque of al Nuri, where they had declared their caliphate in 2014. Every time I visit the area I 'm shocked at how much destruction there is. Buildings have been reduced to rubble following airstrikes, and some streets are still completely impassable. It 's the last part of Mosul that 's been left without any running water ndash; punishing in the 50 ordm;c heat. Incredibly, families are coming home, even though their houses have no roofs and some have walls missing. Some have been living in camps for years and have longed to come home for some time now. To finally be able to do that means a lot.