As British “Daily Mail” reports “Baghdadi is cowering beneath besieged Mosul, according to an informant.
In one Case ISIS Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi ordered execution of one of his closest confidants along with his wife and three children at a house to the west of Mosul.
As Iraqi Joints Forces close in, the ISIS leader is reportedly sleeping in tunnels under Mosul with a suicide vest after becoming increasingly paranoid about his closest team and advisers. According a source Baghdadi ‘has become intemperate.
According to Alsumaria News: ‘Abu Abdullah was Baghdadi’s box of secrets and a close confidant who organized his personal mails and arranged his meetings with field commanders.’
Abu Abdullah and his family reportedly vanished two weeks ago, as the Iraqi Army threw a noose around the city, and they had been hiding in a house.
As paranoia continues to grow within the top ranks of the group, dozens have been executed after being accused of spying. More than 50 were reportedly drowned in cages after SIM cards showed they had been contacting coalition forces.
“The number of executions is a clear sign ISIS is beginning to hurt, said Karim Sinjari, interior minister and acting defence minister with the KRG (Kurdish Rrgional Government), which controls the Kurdish area in northern Iraq.“
Most of the die-hard Islamists who are fighting to the death are foreign fighters, but their numbers at the frontline are less than before because they are getting killed in battle and in suicide attacks, he said.
As well, many of the group’s local Iraqi gunman lack the strong belief in “martyrdom” that the “jihadis” have.
Later in early last month, ISIS leaders uncovered an internal plot against Baghdadi, according to Mosul residents and Iraqi security officials.Retribution was brutal. SIS killed 58 suspected plotters by placing them in cages and drowning them, according to residents and Iraqi officials.
“ISIS relies on a network of child informers, the so called ashbal al khilafa or ‘cubs of the caliphate.These young boys eavesdrop and find out information from other kids about their fathers, brothers, and their activities’, said Hisham al-Hashemi, an Iraq government adviser and ISIS expert. ‘In every street there are one or two ashbal al khilafa who spy on the adults.’“
Since then, ISIS has executed another 42 people from local tribes, Iraqi intelligence officers said. Those people were also caught with SIM cards.
Possession of SIMs or any form of electronic communication now amounts to an automatic death sentence, according to residents in ISIS areas.
Baghdadi, Barzani said, ‘is using all the different tactics to hide and protect himself: changing positions, using different ways of traveling, living in different locations, using different communications.’