Mosul: Jihadis have been battled back for months as the city is stormed by Special Forces and tanks from the Iraqi Army who last week retook Mosul Airport.
Baghdadi has now delivered his “farewell speech” to ISIS fighters who are trapped in the city, telling those who can to “flee and hide in mountainous areas”.
ISIS fighters who cannot escape are urged to blow themselves up and kill as many Iraqi troops as possible.
Baghdadi’s speech was handed out on paper to jihadis by the remaining commanders in Mosul. Speakers also delivered versions of the speech in public squares as ISIS lose grip on their final foothold in western Mosul.
ISIS’s supreme leader is understood to have fled the city months ago amid rumours Baghdadi was injured in an airstrike in January.
His speech revealed top commanders of ISIS are fleeing towards Syria. “The leaders of the so-called Mujahideen Shura Council have all fled Nineveh and Tal Afar to Syria,” it said.
Daily Star Online revealed the most wanted ISIS commanders who are being hunted dead or alive.
Iraqi Army engineers are currently building a “floating bridge” to connect the east and west of the city on the banks of the Tigris River.
Coalition forces have surrounded ISIS amid reports the remaining fighters are fanatical foreign jihadis including Brits.