Local sources in Nineveh said that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has started an unprecedented purging of the ISIL security forces and decided to expel three groups of his personnel.
“Al-Baghdadi has removed most of his commanders in Iraq, specially in Mosul, and surrounding areas, and replaced them with foreign and other Arab nationals,” the sources said on Saturday.
According to the sources, al-Baghdadi has expelled all those Iraqi elements who worked for the ISIL security bodies as well as those whose family members worked for Hash al-Sha’bi (popular forces) or the Iraqi army’s command center to prevent any coup or leakage of intelligence.
A group of senior ISIL commanders had earlier this month voiced their allegiance to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawaheri and staged a coup against ISIL’s commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the Southwestern parts of Kirkuk province.
“This move by the ISIL commanders in Kirkuk province will be a heavy blow to the ISIL,” the Arabic-language media quoted an unnamed military sources as saying.