Forces Drag, Mutilate Dead ISIS Fighters

Casey Mills
Ноября 28, 2016

Iraqi paramilitary forces announced Wednesday that they had entered the Tal Afar airport west of Mosul and were fighting to clear pockets of Islamic State group militants inside it.

Militiamen, Iraqi Security Forces, and civilians mutilated and dragged the bodies of at least five dead fighters of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in the Iraqi town of Qayyarah on October 3, 2016.

The government forces have been fighting in a dozen of the roughly 60 neighbourhoods on the eastern part of Mosul, which is divided by the Tigris River. They have faced fierce resistance from militants over several days, with militants using civilians as human shields, waves of suicide attacks and sniper fire.

Iraqi forces are assessing the damage to the ancient site of Nimrud, south of Mosul, after it was retaken from the Islamic State group over the weekend.

HRW said on November 16 that the mass grave had been discovered near the village of Hammam al-Alil, about 30 kilometers southeast of Mosul, on November 12.

He told a news conference in Al-Qayyara, south of Mosul, the army had killed 955 ISIL terrorists and captured 108 in ground operations.

A soldier was killed and three were wounded when a vehicle packed with explosives sped out from its hiding spot in a school complex in the eastern Tahrir neighborhood, ramming Iraqi troops' position and exploding into a ball of fire, according to two officers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

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Iraqi military estimates put the number of Isis fighters in the city at 5,000 to 6,000. The warring sides claim to have inflicted hundreds of casualties in enemy ranks.

The resilience of Islamic State's defenses has forced a greater involvement from the coalition made up mainly of western nations including Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Australia.

The US has also deployed Apache helicopters to support Iraqi troops engaged in urban warfare in eastern Mosul.

Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitaries allied to the government were battling IS fighters and looking for booby traps inside Tal Afar airport, the last major objective before the town itself.

Hundreds of Iraqi civilians lined up on Tuesday for food in eastern neighborhoods of Mosul recently retaken from the Daesh group, as rations ran low, an Iraqi officer said. The struggle is particularly intense in the oil-rich Kirkuk region.

Mr Barzani's comment riled the central government in Baghdad, which opposes any plans to expand the Kurdish autonomous area. For now, they wait for the next step. and a place to call home.

Reports indicate that executions have become more common, as ISIS leadership suspects its members and the people within its territory of plotting against it or of aiding the forces it is fighting.

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