Deciphering ISIS leader Baghdadi’s location from his audio tapes

Anonymous source confirmed to Al Sumaria News that analysis of Baghdadi's recording indicates he is heading towards al-Ba’aj and then to Syria. (AFP)

A security source from Iraq’s Nineveh province confirmed that ISIS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi allegedly recorded the recently released audio tape while in location between the Iraqi-Syrian border region.

The same source reports that Baghdadi was able to escape Nineveh before allied forces battling to recapture Mosul approached the area, according to Al Sumaria News.

“Baghdadi is active and constantly moving between the border regions of Iraq and Syria amid arid areas of desert where it is easy to navigate without being caught,” the source said.

The anonymous source says Baghdadi was able to release audio tapes because of a highly technical team the extremist group employs.

“The highly technical team supervises the recordings and they are experts in audio effects and editing. The recently released tape was probably recorded more than two weeks ago ahead of the assault to capture Nineveh,” said the source.

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Baghdadi is reportedly on the run from Iraq and heading toward al-Ba’aj before planning on entering Syria.

Baghdadi broke a year-long silence and issued an audio recording on Thursday, where he urged his fighters to continue their battle to the end in Mosul, where he was believed to be hiding.

“Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame,” he said in the message. “To all the people of Nineveh, especially the fighters, beware of any weakness in facing your enemy,” Baghdadi said, referring to the northern Iraqi province of which Mosul is the capital.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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