Isis will become 'al-Qaeda on steroids' after defeat, warns top official

Following the loss of its territory, Isis will morph into an insurgency that will resemble “al-Qaeda on steroids,” the most senior anti-terrorism official in Iraqi Kurdistan has said.

While the group was defeated in Mosul earlier this month, effectively spelling the end of the Iraqi half of its so-called caliphate, the battle against the militants is not over, Lahur Talabany said in an interview with Reuters.

Isis’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was almost certainly still alive, Mr Talabany added, despite several recent unconfirmed reports of his death in either a Russian or US air strike. 

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