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IRAQ PMU Thermal Camera Footage Hunting ISIS West of Mosul
Published on Feb 18, 2017
Published on Feb 18, 2017
The Popular Mobilization Units(P.M.U)[Or «Hashd al-Shaabi» in Arabic] from kata'ib Hezbollah Thermal-camera Battle-Footage against the so-called Islamic State fighters in West of Mosul near Tal-Afar...
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#ISIS bodies filled the desert after #PMU successfully repelled attack on west Tal Afar #Mosul. #Iraq
Old PMU man "do not harm the bodies"
Civilians continue to suffer in the war to drive ISIS from Iraq. On Thursday, family members fled the city, bringing with them the bodies of at least 21 allegedly killed in an airstrike targeting ISIS in west Mosul earlier this week.
“They were pulled from the rubble. Twenty-one bodies, women and children. Even a baby of just six months,” Ziad Khalaf told AFP, pulling a cart bearing the bodies of members of his family.
“They were human shields for the jihadists.”
He and others tried to retrieve the bodies but came under fire from ISIS militants. They had to wait until the neighbourhood was retaken by Iraqi security forces before being able to dig through the rubble and find their loved ones.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — As many as 200 ISIS fighters have defected from battlefields, many of whom the group heavily relied on as it has lost large segments of territory in the western side of Mosul, will face judges, according to Iraqi officials.
“A large number of ISIS militants have surrendered to the security forces and it is ongoing,” said Najim al-Jabouri, the commander of the Nineveh Operations Command, adding that “Upon the request of the surrendering militants, the general commander of the armed forces has guaranteed the militants that they will be tried just and their lives will be protected until the court has issued their verdicts per their crimes.”
Militants who withdraw from the battles will not end up executed by Iraqi forces, Jabouri said, adding that they are seen as Iraqis.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:10 A.M.) – The latest lengthy Islamic State propaganda video shows the battle for Mosul and the extensive use of suicide bombers, drones and booby traps in urban clashes said to be comparable only to World War II.
The video features foreign fighters, homemade rockets, ammunition factories, snipers, collapsed buildings, civilian casualties, dead Iraqi troops, destroyed Humvees, and advanced technology such as mines on remote-controlled wheels and self-shooting weaponry.
Effectively, the Islamic State now controls merely three districts in Mosul city; namely the Al-Shafaa, Al-Zinjiji, and Old City neighborhoods. These ISIS-held areas are centered along three bridges on the western bank of the Tigris River.
The Old City district is nevertheless the most densely populated neighborhood across Mosul and houses the Al-Nouri mosque where ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate in 2014. Unfortunately for government troops, it is also composed of small buildings and narrow streets that favor ISIS-style guerrila warfare.
A few isolated sniper nests are still scattered elsewhere while Iraqi sappers constantly endanger themselves by having to deal with booby traps and mines in liberated residential areas.
With the seasoned 9th Division and 15th Division of the Iraqi Army already departed for duties elsewhere, the final mopping-up operations in Mosul are left to the Rapid Response Division and Iraqi Federal Police to deal with.
Published on May 22, 2017
Iraqi security forces defended the front line of Mosul's old city from Islamic State militants on Monday morning.
Lieutenant Colonel Hussin Zegit Lazim and his troops set up sniper positions as well as trenches, from which they fired positions held by members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) with mortars, humvees and assault rifles.
Published on May 20, 2017
ISIS is launching a night time attack on Iraq's Brigade 36 in the Illea area around Mosul.
Iraq's soldiers counter the offensive, but they know this will not be the last time.
Iraq's cavalry are equipped with tanks to bring the fight to the enemy.
A Yezidi interpreter named Shahin who had worked with Americans is shot by ISIS snipers.
While near the frontlines he rescued a mother and a daughter.
He is evacuated to safety, but died 10 days after sustaining his wounds.
Iraqi commanders are describing this fighting as the toughest they've experienced.