According to a report by Al Alam, as translated by IFP, a local source in Nineveh Province told Al Sumaria News that ISIS commanders used bullhorns to ask their elements in Mosul to leave the city, especially the western parts, on Sunday night.
“ISIS says the call for withdrawal is because of the ‘hypocrisy’ among Mosul residents.”
“The person who read aloud the ISIS’ statement referred to the attacks launched on the terrorist group from inside the city and described Mosul as the city of hypocrisy.”
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, went on to say that the ISIS is using the term ‘hypocrisy’ as a pretext for escaping the city, which is going to be liberated by Iraqi army.
Many of ISIS terrorists, the source said, have already decided to flee from the city together with their families in fear of the operation to liberate the city.
The Iraqi army launched an offensive Sunday aimed at wresting Mosul from the hands of ISIS and ending its brutal two-year occupation.
“The time has come for the greatest victory,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced late Sunday on state TV. “I announce the start of Liberating Mosul Operation, by the will of Iraqis, and after depending on Allah.”