“ISIS leaders may flee Mosul as their ranks are decimated” CNN
Peter Bergen reports that the U.S. Military expects that ISIS leaders will attempt to flee Mosul by posing as refugees, potentially using human shields. The ISIS leaders will probably flee to Syria or the area around Al Qaim. Foreign ISIS fighters are considered more likely to fight to the death because they do not have a home country to return to. The rebuilding of Qayyarah Airfield means that American and Iraqi aircrafts can now land which is also a strategic loss for ISIS.