A still image taken from an Islamic State (IS) video released through the group's Amaq news agency shows an unidentified militant addressing the camera. Video said to be shot in Mosul, Iraq, on October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV via Amaq news agency/File Photo
Samia Nakhoul and Michael Georgy, Reuters: Special Report: Under siege in Mosul, Islamic State turns to executions and paranoia
A few weeks ago, a person inside Mosul began to send text messages to Iraqi military intelligence in Baghdad.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, "has become intemperate," said the early November message, written by an informant inside the city who has contact with the group but is not a member of it.
"He has cut down on his movements and neglects his appearance," the message read. "He lives underground and has tunnels that stretch to different areas. He doesn't sleep without his suicide bomber vest so he can set it off if he's captured."
The text message, which Reuters has seen, was one of many describing what was happening inside Islamic State as Iraqi, Kurdish and American troops began their campaign to retake the group's northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 16, 2016
Trump’s America will keep on bombing Isis – but that won’t crush it -- Ranj Alaaldin, The Guardian
Germany and Merkel Are Ready for Trump -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
What does Donald Trump mean for Asia? -- Katie Hunt, CNN
Why Turkey's Islamist Leader Is So Happy About Trump -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
Why is Russia helping the Assad regime? -- Lyse Doucet, BBC
End to Yemen War Could Soon Be Reality -- Steve Herman and Nike Ching, VOA
With Iraq And Mosul, Will Iran Become An Oil Superpower? -- Ellen R. Wald, Forbes
Deviating From the Plan in Iran -- Stratfor
Could US agents be tried for war crimes in Afghanistan? -- Ben Knight, DW
How Non-State Actors Could Cause War in South Asia -- The Diplomat
Is the India-Pakistan Cease-Fire Breaking Apart? -- Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat
What will President Trump do about North Korea? -- Stephen Evans, BBC
Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines -- Armando J. Heredia, USNI News
In Libya 'there are no winners today' -- Zena Tahhan, Al Jazeera
Senkaku. Where and What is That? -- Todd Crowell, RCD
Why no Nobel Prize for Trump? -- Christian Whiton, FOX News
Will Trump pardon Assange after WikiLeaks election help? -- ABC News Online
Globalization’s Last Gasp -- Barry Eichengreen, Project Syndicate