ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi called on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were assured to enter the city of Mosul where He declared a caliphate about two years ago.
A voice in an audio message that was released early morning today said: “Do not Retreat”. The message was released by the ISIS-affiliated Al Furqan media.
Baghdadi referring to the Iraqi province said, “Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame…To all the people of Nineveh, especially the fighters beware of any weakness in facing your enemy”.
In 2014, he made a rare public appearance in Mosul and declared the creation of an Islamic state dominating Iraq and Syria.
It is estimated that there are about 3000 to 5000 ISIS fighters but the final outcome is doubtful. Thousands of Iraqi forces launched a massive offensive on Mosul on October 17. These Iraqi forces are backed by the US-led coalition and its warplanes.