Trump Administration & the Liberation of Mosul. Where is Baghdadi? @sebgorka



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Trump Administration & the Liberation of Mosul. Where is Baghdadi? @sebgorka

The top U.S. commander in Baghdad said there could be 200 ISIS fighters remaining in Mosul as U.S. airstrikes there continued Thursday -- despite the announcement of "total victory" in the Iraqi city earlier this week.

In its most recent strike report, the U.S.-led coalition said it conducted airstrikes destroying 19 ISIS “fighting positions” -- more evidence the fight in Mosul will continue.

“This fight is far from over. So I wouldn't expect to see any significant change in our troop levels in the immediate future because there's still hard work to be done," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said.

Two large Iraqi cities -- Tal Afar and Hawija -- remain under ISIS control, each with more than 100,000 people. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said allowing U.S. troops closer to the front lines has made the difference against ISIS.


The head of U.S.-led military operations against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) said Tuesday he has no evidence that the group's elusive leader is still alive, echoing previous claims by Russia, Iran and Syrian activists that the hardline cleric has been killed.

Though the circumstances of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's alleged death remain unclear, Army General and Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve commander Stephen Townsend is the latest official to doubt that the ultraconservative leader has survived massive, multinational campaigns to defeat the jihadists in Iraq and Syria. While numerous prior reports of Baghdadi's death have been proven wrong, speculation mounted last month when Russia said it had received credible reports that it killed him in a May 28 airstrike on a gathering of ISIS officials near the group's de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria. Nearly two weeks later, a top Iranian official said "Baghdadi is definitely dead," and, earlier Tuesday, an exiled Syrian monitoring group with ties to the opposition claimed that ISIS had begun to admit Baghdadi's death, as well. Townsend responded to the latest claims.

Jul 14, 06:29 AM
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