His name has not been revealed but the masked leader held one of the most powerful positions in the Islamic State – Emir of the Weapons Depot.
To understand this in a more military terms, the position is almost equivalent to that of a Major General or Lieutenant General. So when a man who was holding such a rank says Islamic State is falling, one has to consider those words.
Speaking from an undisclosed location to UAE’s Alaan TV, the former emir of the weapons depot of the Islamic State says that there are only 22 emirs left alive and that none of them has an idea whether the self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive or dead.
In videos that were shot sometime between January and February this year, the former emir says that Baghdadi is now a figment of imagination.
“No one – whether fighter, commanders or emir – cares about the Caliph,” says the former emir.
Drawing attention to the fact that no one has seen Baghdadi after his initial appearances, the emir says that the barbaric terror group fighters now believe that he is either dead or wounded. Worse, some also feel that he has realised that he has failed in keeping his promise of liberation.
Former ISIS Emir in Charge of Weapon Depots: ISIS Members No Longer Care Who Is the Caliph; Al-Baghdadi Has Become a Figment of Imagination pic.twitter.com/IB2aqDx7Py
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) February 9, 2017
It should be noted here that Islamic State has been losing territory to the Iraqi security forces and Peshmerga fighters in Iraq and Syria. Mosul, the capital of the Islamic State in Iraq, is under siege. Many of the civilians who lived under the Islamic State regime have been evacuated.
As the ‘Caliphate’ nears its fall, the emir says that a lot of embezzlement in the funds of the Islamic State has been fracturing the terror group for quite some time now.
The emir informs how and from where Islamic State fighters got some deadly chemical weapons.
The Western media highlighted that the devastation caused by the weapons used by Syrian forces under Bashar al-Assad. It is true that the Syrian forces did use chemical weapons, but the same kind of weapons were used by Islamic State at the height of the conflict in the region.
“We got raw material such as sarin, chlorin, mustard Gas from Tal Afar (in Nineveh, northwest Iraq). Experiments were conducted on some samples in the laboratories in Mosul University. The labs are fully equipped for experiments in chemical weapons and are led by teams of foreign academics who hold diplomas from abroad,” he says.
“And they are paid high salaries,” he adds.
After testing, the chemicals are used in personal weapons or shells used by IS barbarians.
The emir says that the fighters are now disillusioned. All the commanders know that the days of “ISIS is here to stay” are gone.
“ISIS is nothing but a racist militia which purports to speak in name of Islam,” the emir reveals.
He says that the 2015 killing of Jordanian pilot, First Lieutenant Muath Al-Kasasbeh, was the turning point that made even some less moderate Muslims turn away from the Islamic State.
“It was not humanitarian,” he says. The pilot was burned alive inside a cage. A video of the execution was released by the Islamic State. Since the pilot was a Muslim and from a relatively moderate Islamic country, not many were happy with the brutality with which he was killed.
Islamic State is surviving on raised zakat (almsgiving as per Islam) and by confiscating properties of people who leave. They also force the wealthy traders to pay more and supply food and clothes to the barbarians.