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US general claims IS leaders 'abandoning' Mosul

AFP , Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
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Islamic State group leaders have been fleeing Mosul as US-backed local forces close in on the militants' last Iraqi stronghold, a US general said Wednesday.

"We are telling Daesh that their leaders are abandoning them. We've seen a movement out of Mosul," US Army Major General Gary Volesky said in a video briefing from Baghdad, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Volesky predicted that foreign fighters will end up forming a large contingent of Islamist militants remaining in the city, as they have nowhere else to go.

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