ISIS Announces Conquest Of Mosul, Acknowledges Death Of Senior Leader

June 11, 2014

Following its successful campaign to capture the Ninawa province in Iraq, including the city of Mosul, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a communiqué announcing their achievement. The organization named the campaign after its senior leader, ‘Adnan Isma’il Najam Al-Bilawi, aka Assad Allah Al-Bilawi, who died on June 5 in Mosul. According to Syrian opposition sources, Al-Bilawi was a former high-ranking officer in Saddam Hussein’s army, was in charge of ISIS military operations in Iraq and was considered its second in command.[1]


ISIS number 2 'Adnan Isma'il Najam Al-Bilawi, recently killed in Mosul

Following is a translation of the ISIS communiqué: “We congratulate the Islamic nation upon the glorious victory that Allah granted us in the Ninawa province. After receiving orders from our commanders, the commanders of the ISIS, the brothers in the ISIS bases prepared a detailed plan of action to entirely conquer the province and purge it of apostates. This operation began with an effort to gather intelligence on the important units, wherein the apostates’ weak spots were examined. After this the [ISIS] military forces entered Mosul from several routes. With Allah’s grace, [ISIS] gained total control of their [the Iraqi military’s] bases, among them the Ghazlani headquarters, the command center, the headquarters of the second division, the Badoush and Tasfirat prisons, and the headquarters of the brigades and battalions. [ISIS] also freed thousands of prisoners including some female prisoners. All the province’s external and internal entryways have been taken over. Allah willing we will not cease this blessed chain of raids, which have pleased the monotheists, until Allah fulfills his promise or until we die before that...”



Source:, June 11, 2014.

[1], June 10, 2014. 


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