Decentralization of Powers Weakens IS

According to these sources, the same applies to the Syrian city of Raqqa, where some areas were targeted by the international coalition.

According to multiple sources, and Hashemi believes this is more reasonable, Baghdadi is moving about a series of villages scattered on the Syrian-Iraqi border line, where he can safely reach the Syrian interior, Mosul and the Anbar desert without being tracked down.

In November, there were reports according to which Baghdadi was killed or wounded in a US airstrike against a gathering of tribal leaders that convened to swear allegiance to IS in the border town of Qaim, which IS annexed to the Syrian town of Abu Kamal. The two towns were named the “Euphrates Wilaya.”

However, the news was not true and it was denied the following day. What is true, however, is that the information that evoked the airstrike indicated the movement of multiple convoys of armored cars and military tankers loaded with weapons from various areas in the desert of Mosul, where Baghdadi is suspected to reside. This was coupled with mobile phone cuts, which were also cut during Baghdadi’s sermon in Mosul in July 2014.

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