He orchestrated the terror attacks at the Bataclan theatre, in Paris, last year, and at the Brussels airport, in March. “We waited.”Adnani finally emerged in August, after Syrian rebels drove the Islamic State out of Manbij, a small city that was a hub for its foreign fighters and a supply route to Turkey. The Islamic State is now fighting to hang on to its two most valuable properties.
By this summer, though, he was on the run, hiding for months in an apartment building with hundreds of civilians in Raqqa, a city in northern Syria that dates to antiquity and serves as the Islamic State’s capital. The battle was decisive, costing the organization at least two thousand of its best fighters, including combat-hardened Chechens. On October 17th, Iraqi forces launched the long-awaited offensive to liberate Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control, with two million residents.
"And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done." The interview was distributed to reporters in an Italian translation from the Argentine-born pope's Spanish.
It is the strongest and most blunt language ever used by the pope about the media or any other group.
Grief is normal when one has lost a loved one, and it is natural and permitted to cry.
Last May, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the second most powerful leader in the Islamic State, hinted that the caliphate was crumbling. military has shied away from body counts as a barometer of success, but Lieutenant General Sean Mac Farland, the commander of the U. officials told me, the Islamic State’s losses have been staggering.
“Whoever thinks that we fight to protect some land or some authority, or that victory is measured thereby, has strayed far from the truth,” he said, in a long audio message that was released to fellow-jihadis. “It is the same—whether Allah blesses us with consolidation or we move into the bare, open desert, displaced and pursued.”Adnani, a thirty-nine-year-old Syrian, ran the organization’s propaganda shop and a secret foreign-operations unit that recruited, trained, and assigned élite forces to the toughest missions. S.-led coalition in Iraq, estimated in August that forty-five thousand fighters had been “taken off the battlefield” in the Islamic State. It has surrendered fifty-seven per cent of its territory in Iraq and twenty-seven per cent in Syria—more than forty per cent of its total caliphate.
The Croats spent centuries under the Austro-Hungarian empire and their Catholicism and Central European outlook were equally important in shaping their identity.
They resented the fact that the first Yugoslav state, which lasted from 1918-1941, was to a great extent Serbia writ large, with a Serbian king and army and a Serb- dominated political system.