Five prominent leaders of the terrorist Group of ISIL escaped from Mosul, following information on the start of the Iraqi army’s operation to liberate Mosul early next month.
A local source from Mosul residents told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency that the ISIL leaders had fled with their families on Thursday toward Syria for fear of the results of the recapture of the city by Iraqi army.
He expressed confidence that dozens of other leaders of the ISIL preparing to escape from Mosul with their families toward Syria.
The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL militants took control of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) Northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army and Pishmarga have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.