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> A new video emerging said to be from the ranks of Islamic state, urging their supporters to switch focus to Russia. It's the latest call to carry jihad abroad, amid a surge of global attacks, most of them in France and Germany. The reason, Islamic State are losing territory and are on the retreat in Iraq and Syria.
Reuters correspondent Stephen Kalin is in Baghdad.>> Their spokesman about two months ago came out with a statement, encouraging supporters and followers around the world not to come to Iraq and Syria, as they have been doing for the past two years, these foreign fighters. But instead, calling on them to stay where they are in their home countries in the West and also other Muslim countries and to carry out attacks there.
It seems more like they're taking inspiration from the group, and at the last moment claiming allegiance, and allowing the group to claim their acts as part of Islamic State's larger plan.>>
aqi forces are hoping to drive Islamic State out of Mosul this year, the largest city still under the group's control.
Their defeat in Syria is a longer way off, and the group are likely to survive in safe havens. But as the squeeze continues, analysts seem to agree, an eventual defeat of the group in the Middle East could increase their presence in Europe, the US, and beyond.