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Western #Mosul map (29/5/2017). •Green: #Iraq's control. •White: Da'ish control. •Red: Frontline.
MOSUL, Iraq — The Eubank family has a guiding principle — if other families are forced to live in war zones, there should be no issue with theirs being on hand to help. The family has spent much of the past 20 years in the jungles of Burma, where David Eubank founded the Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical care, shelter and food supplies in the country’s long-running civil war. They traveled to Iraq two years ago, at first working alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces in the war against the Islamic State. The family has also worked in Sudan and made two trips to the Kurdish areas of Syria.
“They’ve been shelled, shot at, they’ve grown up like this,” David Eubank said. “Our deal is that if there’s another family there, we can be there. Americans aren’t worth more than anyone else.” His team of Free Burma Rangers — including medics from Burma’s minorities who have traveled from their own war to help in Iraq’s — prepared their equipment for an expected afternoon push by Iraqi forces. The rest of the family usually stays a step back from the front line. “I don’t want my kids to die. I don’t take them purposefully to the fighting,” Eubank said. “We pray and think about every risk.”
The family’s presence on the battlefield along with the team from Burma has been met with a mix of bemusement and gratitude by Iraqi forces. The group is being hosted by Brig. Gen. Mustafa Sabah, a brigade commander with the Iraqi army’s 9th Armored Division. Sabah said that he initially was surprised that Eubank brought his whole family with him. “I thought, ‘This is not the right place for children,’ ” he said. “But then when I got to know them well, I realized this is what makes them happy, and they really believe in what they are doing.” Sabah said that by just being there, the family is doing enough “because they give positive energy to everyone around them,” but that along with the rangers, they have effectively become a logistics battalion.
A high-ranking Iraqi security commander says government forces have made territorial gains in the western part of Mosul as they battle to drive Daesh Takfiri militants out of their last bastion in the country’s second largest city.
Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Shaker Jawdat said on Sunday that security personnel had advanced 100 meters in the militant-held Old City of Mosul, only hours after they began their assault to retake the rest of Mosul, Arabic-language Mawazin news agency reported.
Jawdat added that soldiers from the Federal Police have also regained control over the civil defense buildings in the area, and are targeting Daesh defense lines with missiles.
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رجال الوعد الصادق ..!! امتار قليلة عن جامع_النوري (منصورين بعون الله)
Men of the Fulfilled Promise .. !! A few meters from the mosque of Al-Nuri (Mansurin with the help of God) 🇮🇶 # Old Mosul # Mosque of Al-Nuri # Battle of Mosul
جانب من استبسال مقاتلينا الغيارى في المدينة القديمة في #الموصل #باچر_ نصر #
Part of the prowling of our spare fighters in the old city of Mosul # # Bajr Nasr # Right-win
Iraqi Day 🇮🇶
The Civilians of #Mosul are more important than Al-Nuri mosque. We won and we wiped out the shortest caliphate ever to exist. #Iraq
First image of Al-Nuri Mosque after #ISIS detonated in #Mosul Old city.
Major Sajjad: The Battle for Mosul | The New York Times
Published on Jun 22, 2017
Ben C. Solomon, a Times video journalist, embedded with an Iraqi unit. He tells the story of Major Sajjad al-Hour as he leads 150 men through the war-torn streets of Mosul.
Iraqi Day 🇮🇶 @iraqi_day 11h11 hours ago
"Thergham " Counter Terrorism fighter sacrificed himself by hugging #ISIS suicide bomber & saving his comrades in west #Mosul today.
Thergam and others were conducting search operations in Al-Tanak district when 1 of the #ISIS militants in a house tried to detonate himself
Thergam hugged him and pushed him away from his comrades but the #ISIS still managed to detonate himself killing Thergam along with him.
Thergam was a body builder before he successfully passed special operations course and officially became Counter Terrorism fighter in 2012.
Sauce accompanies the second special operations during the clearing of the clock area and wandering around the church of the historic clock