STRAIGHT OUTTA MOSULThe Calirat is deserting his sinking Caliphate:

US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.

ISIS fighters dying in blessedly large numbers in western Mosul are well entitled to ask themselves the question: who’s – or where’s – your al-Baghdaddy?