British newspaper: That is why the Iraqi intelligence denies the killing of Baghdadi
British newspaper: That is why the Iraqi intelligence denies the killing of Baghdadi and this is the number of the remaining organization in Iraq
A British newspaper confirmed on Friday that some 7,000 members of Badash remained in Iraq after the liberation of Mosul, while revealing the fate of the leader of Daqash Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“There are about 4,000 militants and 3,000 supporters who worked for Dahesh and received salaries,” the Daily Mail quoted three intelligence and defense officials as saying. “In Syria, there are about 7,000 more supporters and 5 , 000 supporters. ”
“The leader of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi organization is still alive amid reports that he was killed,” Iraqi intelligence officials said.
“If we kill al-Baghdadi now, we will revive a supporter,” the newspaper quoted a senior official as saying. “The strategy is to get rid of potential successors.”
“We want to bring this group to an end and we do not want to give it a window to return,” the official said.
“I do not know whether al-Baghdadi is dead or alive,” said Steve Townsend, the commander of the international coalition. “It does not really matter. If nobody knows whether he is alive or dead, the organization”.
There are conflicting reports about Baghdadi’s death, including Moscow’s claim in late May that there was a “high probability” of being killed in a Russian air strike in the southern suburbs of Raqqa.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on July 10 the liberation of Mosul after nine months of devastating war.
Two days after the announcement of the liberation of Mosul, General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, warned that the battle in Iraq is not yet over, stressing that Iraqi forces still need time to eliminate the Mujahedeen fighters in Mosul.
Daqash continues to control the land in parts of Nineveh and Anbar provinces, in Hawija in Kirkuk province and elsewhere.
Source: Daily Mail