Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. (photo credit:REUTERS)

JPost By: Yossi Melman

 

Sooner or later intelligence will lead to a successful attack by an American drone or plane and the operational cycle will be closed.

 

Information released Wednesday on the demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was premature, and not for the first time. In the past year, there have been at least three false reports that al-Baghdadi was killed during US airstrikes.

 

Every hour that al-Baghdadi continues to live, he is essentially part of “the walking dead.” Sooner or later intelligence will lead to a successful attack by an American drone or plane and the operational cycle will be closed.

 

Al-Baghdadi is living on borrowed time. He knows it, as do his senior commanders, who in the past weeks have been on the defensive, losing outposts, villages, cities and territories. The Caliphate understands that its territorial control is ending. The Iraqi army, along with Shi’a militias under the guidance of Iranian al-Quds force commander, General Qassam Sulimani, are besieging the city of Fallujah in Iraq and it’s just a matter of time until it falls. The Syrian army from the West is closing in on the city of Raqqa, capital of the Caliphate, and Kurdish forces are advancing from the North.

 

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