ISIS tyrant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is thought to have executed one of his closest confidants, for fear that he would give away crucial secrets if captured in the battle for Mosul.
Baghdadi ruthlessly ordered Abu Abdullah be killed along with this wife and three children at a house to the west of the city.
As Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters close in, the ISIS leader is reportedly sleeping in tunnels under Mosul with a suicide vest after becoming increasingly paranoid about his closest team.
ISIS tyrant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured) is sleeping in tunnels with a suicide vest after becoming increasingly paranoid about his closest team, it has been claimed
An Iraqi soldier stands guard today in front of men rounded up by the Iraqi army in the Gogjali neighbourhood of Mosul and urged to offer information about ISIS fighters in their midst
Iraqi News reported that a source told 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 dilapidated house.
Baghdadi is reportedly sleeping in tunnels with a suicide vest after becoming increasingly paranoid about his closest advisers.
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.
Baghdadi ‘has become intemperate,’ said the early November message, written
ISIS forces have pulled back into Mosul as the noose tightens around the city
Baghdadi, who declared himself the caliph of a huge swathe of Iraq and Syria two years ago, had become especially suspicious of people close to him.
The military coalition is making slow but steady progress against ISIS.
The Kurds believe the military assault on Mosul, which began on October 17, is fuelling ISIS’s sense of fear and mistrust.
An Iraqi soldier wearing a balaclava watches as his colleagues speak to residents of Gogjali, a neighbourhood in Mosul where ISIS fighters opened fire on coalition troops recently
The group has turned inwards right as it faces the most serious threat to its existence in Iraq since seizing around a third of the country’s territory in the summer of 2014.
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, which controls the Kurdish area in northern Iraq.
As well, he said, many of the group’s local Iraqi fighters lack the ‘strong belief in martyrdom that the jihadis have.’
The terror mastermind is cowering beneath besieged Mosul while continuing to send jihadists to their death in the battle for the city, according to an informant
‘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.
Barzani said the growing paranoia has pushed Baghdadi and his top lieutenants to move around a lot, further hurting the group’s ability to defend the city.
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.’
ISIS leaders are reportedly racked with paranoia as Iraqi and Kurdish troops campaign to retake the group’s northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul
If the military coalition does push ISIS from Mosul, the Kurdish officials said, the group is likely to flee to Syria, from where it will pose a nagging threat to Iraq through regular suicide attacks and other guerrilla tactics.
ISIS has always been paranoid. Its rule in Syria and Iraq has relied in large part on a vast intelligence network that uses everyone from children to battle-hardened former Baathists to spy on both subjects and its own officials.
That paranoia appears to have reached new levels as ISIS’s enemies advance. Suspicion grew in the weeks before government troops began to encircle Mosul in mid October.
Kurds believe that the military assault on Mosul, which began on October 17, is fuelling ISIS’s sense of fear and mistrust. Iraqi army soldiers fire mortars towards ISIS positions
Early last month, ISIS leaders uncovered an internal plot against Baghdadi, according to Mosul residents and Iraqi security officials.
Hatched by a leading ISIS commander, the plot was foiled when an ISIS security official found a telephone SIM card that contained the names of the plotters and showed their links to US and Kurdish intelligence officers.
Retribution was brutal. SIS killed 58 suspected plotters by placing them in cages and drowning them, according to residents and Iraqi officials.
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.
An Iraqi special forces soldier aims his sniper rifle during gunfight with ISIS fighters in the Tahrir neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq
The group has set up checkpoints where its militants search people, and regularly mount raids on areas hit by US air strikes because ISIS officials assume locals have helped to identify targets.
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.’