A US commander made from Iraq with a sudden statement about Baghdadi
The leader of the coalition forces in Iraq, Wednesday, that there is no longer a need to hunt down the leader of the organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, pointing at the same time that “is not convinced that the organization took advantage of the leaders of the former Iraqi regime.”
“The leader of the state organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has no influence and we do not care to pursue him,” Colonel Seth Folsom, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told the Pentagon from the base of Ayn al-Assad in Anbar.
“It is unbelievable that reports that state organization has used the leaders of the former Iraqi regime to lead its forces in the country,” adding that “what the leaders of the organization and a few key leaders who left were entangled in a kind of ideology that very few of us understand” .
“We will not need to hunt down al-Baghdadi directly. All we need is to systematically pick his leaders and lead them from the advanced and intermediate cadres so that none of them will remain to protect him and then we will eventually bring him to justice,” Folsom said.
The US commander described the fighters of the state organization as “running like cowards in the face of Iraqi attacks, and that their leader Baghdadi was nowhere to be seen.” He pointed out that the goal of organizing the state in Iraq now is “just to stay.”
“These are small pockets of fighters who have problems communicating with each other and building a coherent strategy,” he said, adding that “the organization of the state has been broken, they are essentially without leadership here, and are doing everything in their power to cling to hope.” I say with confidence that their days are numbered. ”
“These small pockets – the remnants we are focusing on – are easily addressed, and we are working with our Iraqi partners,” Folsom said. “One of our biggest enabling capabilities is providing and sharing information with them.”
“So every time we are able to uncover what we think remains of the state organization – whether they store things in the caves or work somewhere in the desert – we pass this information freely to our Iraqi partners and then the Iraqi army takes it and processes it,” he said.
The US commander’s remarks came at a time when the state organization stepped up attacks this month, where it launched on Thursday an attack on a force of border guards at the Anz checkpoint near the Iraqi-Saudi border west of Anbar.
The Iraqi forces said in statements quoted by local sites that “violent clashes broke out near the outpost, killing five elements of the state organization.”
On Thursday, four soldiers from the Iraqi border guards were killed in an ambush organized by the State Organization on the international road linking Iraq and Jordan to western Anbar province after they attacked their wheels with various weapons while enjoying their permits.
Earlier this month, Iraqi security forces foiled an attack by a suicide car bomber driven by a suicide bomber before detonating security supplies west of Ramadi in Anbar province.
The Iraqi forces announced that they liberated the entire territory of Anbar province, which constitutes only one third of the territory of Iraq, west of the control of the state organization late last year.
On Wednesday, the state organization stunned Iraqi forces with a violent attack on the outskirts of Tuz Khurmatu district, south of Kirkuk. Twenty-five people were killed and wounded in an armed attack on a bus carrying civilians in the same governorate.
It is noteworthy that the organization had attacked in the middle of this month, Iraqi security forces in the provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin, killing seven of them, including two officers, and wounding three others.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi warned on Tuesday of an attempt by the state to launch attacks as parliamentary elections near May 12.
Last February, the Iraqi Interior Ministry revealed that the leader of the state organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had recently been admitted to a hospital in the Syrian peninsula to deteriorate his psychological condition, as well as to treat serious fractures and injuries to his leg and body.
The head of the intelligence hawks in the ministry, Abu Ali al-Basri, that “al-Baghdadi is still present in the area of the Syrian island near our borders,” denying at the same time to escape to another area. Source