ERBIL— Several Islamic State (IS) members and commanders have been able to escape from Mosul by bribing the related officials or through fake IDs, said the former governor of Nineveh province.
Athil al-Nujaifi issued a statement on Sunday saying the offensives launched by the IS jihadists in southern and western parts of Mosul are meant to distract the Iraqi forces from the other parts of the city, so as to give room to the IS commanders and fighters to flee away.
Citing intelligence reports, Nujaifi added that "most dangerous" than all is that one-third of the IS members used fake IDs to make their way out of the city among the IDPs.
The Sunni politician of Mosul also stressed that the intelligence reports only reiterate their previous predication that the extremists are awaiting a new political and security vacuum to resume their activities in another form.
In a special interview with The Independent on Friday, former Iraqi finance minister, citied Kurdish intelligence reports over the corruption among the Iraqi army ranks in favor of the IS members.
Hoshyar Zebari stated that suspect individuals can pass through checkpoints in Mosul by paying $1,000 USD and can bring a vehicle for 1,500 USD.