A soldier from the Iraqi special forces 2nd Division guards two suspected Daesh fighters found hiding in a house in Mosul. AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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A few weeks ago, a person inside Mosul began to send text messages to Iraqi military intelligence in Baghdad.The text message, which Reuters has seen, was one of many describing what was happening inside Daesh as Iraqi, Kurdish and American troops began their campaign to retake the group's northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.Baghdadi, who declared himself the caliph of a huge swath of Iraq and Syria two years ago, had become especially suspicious of people close to him.If the military coalition does push Daesh from Mosul, the Kurdish officials said, the group is likely to flee to Syria, from where it will pose a nagging threat to Iraq through regular suicide attacks and other guerilla tactics.Early last month, Daesh leaders uncovered an internal plot against Baghdadi, according to Mosul residents and Iraqi security officials.The agent told Talabany he had met Baghdadi a few times and was plotting to kill the Daesh leader.Even if Mosul and Baghdadi fall, Talabany said, Daesh is likely to persist.Barzani, who is the son of veteran Kurdish leader and KRG President Masoud Barzani, estimated there are around 10,000 Daesh suicide bombers in Iraq and Syria.
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