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Iraqi troops push into new Mosul neighborhoods in resumed offensive

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The Iraqi army has come in control of Industrial and Mithaq neighborhoods of Mosul as troops push further into the city against ISIS in the second phase of the operation.

 

Heavy clashes took place between Iraqi troops and ISIS militants in the two new neighborhoods on Tuesday as a Rudaw team embedded with the army filmed the scene.

 

Civilians could be seen fleeing the fight. Some of them were caught in the cross fire and lost family members to ISIS car bombs.

 

The Iraqi army launched an offensive on October 17 to retake the country’s second largest city from ISIS.

 

LINK: http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/040120172

 

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Thanks Buzzy...This's very impressive to see the Iraqi troopers taking an aggressive stance...It's been a long-time comin'..... 

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I'm glad to see them fight for there country but, they still don't know how to shoot there weapon. With all the training they had, you would think they would be able to shoot without looking like an inexperienced dummy.:salute: And thanks Adam.

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5 hours ago, WISKY291 said:

I'm glad to see them fight for there country but, they still don't know how to shoot there weapon. With all the training they had, you would think they would be able to shoot without looking like an inexperienced dummy.:salute: And thanks Adam.

I thought that too, and also... wasted ammo? What wasted ammo?!

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9 minutes ago, Adam Montana said:

I thought that too, and also... wasted ammo? What wasted ammo?!

I'll bet for every 60 rounds they shoot, one might hit the target. LOL

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1 hour ago, SnowGlobe7 said:

adam is posting news and yota is posting pictures....

ok give it to me straight..am I out of a job?

I'm READY to be OUT of my job... just sayin 

:twothumbs:

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Sad to see the innocent people getting caught in the crossfire but I am glad to see them pushing forward. Hopefully to the elimination of ISIS in Mosul.

I am really ready for the RV....come on RV

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History of edits:: 05/01/2017 15:06 • 41 visits readable
Asadi: Folk crowd awaiting orders to enter Mosul Abadi expanded {}
{Baghdad: Euphrates News} spokesman for the popular crowd Ahmed al-Asadi, on Thursday, that the popular crowd preparing for the start of page six of western Mosul operations, while noting that the crowd waiting for the orders of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi to enter the city center of Mosul.
Asadi said at a news conference attended by the correspondent of the News} {Euphrates, that " the Amnesty International report on the Mosul group lies", noting that " the popular crowd demanding foreign sue Amnesty International." 
He added that " the popular crowd offered hundreds of martyrs for Iraq and humanity and defeat honking terrorism" and urged the media to "precision transfer of security information and to beware of people who are promoting the enemy in the means of social communication." 
He noted that " the popular crowd preparing for the start of page six west of Mosul , "pointing out that" the crowd waiting for the orders of the commander in chief of the armed forces Haider al - Abadi to enter the city center of Mosul. " 
He explained Asadi said the " popular crowd was not involved until now battles the right side of Mosul and all the rumors in the media biased violations are unfounded "stressing that" the priority of the popular crowd in the liberation zones is to protect civilians and Aldoaash We will pursue to the last spot of Mosul, as directed by the commander in chief of the armed forces ".anthy
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Thu Jan 5, 2017 | 6:56 AM EST

Iraqi general says 70 percent of east Mosul retaken from Islamic State

By Stephen Kalin and Isabel Coles ERBIL, IRAQ

Iraqi forces have retaken around 70 percent of eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants and expect to reach the river bisecting the city in the coming days, Iraq's joint operations commander told Reuters.

Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati, who is also head of the elite counter-terrorism service (CTS) spearheading the campaign to retake the northern city, said the cooperation of residents was helping them advance against Islamic State.

In its 12th week, the offensive has gained momentum since Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition renewed their push for the city a week ago, clearing several more eastern districts despite fierce resistance.

"Roughly 65-70 percent of the eastern side has been liberated," Shaghati said in an interview late on Wednesday in the Kurdish capital of Erbil. "I think in the coming few days we will see the full liberation of the eastern side".

The western half of the city remains under the full control of Islamic State, which is fighting to hold on to its largest urban stronghold with snipers and suicide car bombs numbering "in the hundreds" according to Shaghati.

The Mosul assault, involving a 100,000-strong ground force of Iraqi government troops, members of the autonomous Kurdish security forces and mainly Shi'ite militiamen, is the most complex battle in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The commander of a U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqi offensive told Reuters on Wednesday that increased momentum was due largely to better coordination among the army and security forces. He said the Iraqis had improved their ability to defend against Islamic State car bombs.

Although vastly outnumbered, the militants have used the urban terrain to their advantage, concealing car bombs in narrow alleys, posting snipers on tall buildings with civilians on lower floors and making tunnels and surface-level passageways between buildings. They have also embedded themselves among the local population.

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The presence of large numbers of civilians on the battlefield has restricted Iraqi forces' use of artillery but the cooperation of residents has also helped them target the militants.

"They give us information about the location of the terrorists, their movements and weapons that has helped us pursue them and arrest some and kill others," Shaghati said.

In the run-up to the Mosul offensive, Iraqi officials expressed hope that residents would rise up against Islamic State, accelerating the group's demise in the city. But mass executions seem to have discouraged widespread resistance.

An Iraqi victory in Mosul would probably spell the end for Islamic State's self-styled caliphate, which leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared 2-1/2 years ago from Mosul's main mosque after the militants overran the city.

But in recent days, the militants have displayed the tactics to which they are likely to resort if they lose the city, killing dozens with bombs in Baghdad and attacking security forces elsewhere.

An attack claimed by Islamic State killed six people on Thursday on the capital's eastern outskirts.

CTS pushed into Mosul from the east in late October and made swift advances but regular army troops tasked with advancing from the north and south made slower progress and the operation stalled for several weeks.

The roughly 10,000 members of CTS, established a decade ago with support from the U.S. forces, are considered the best-trained and equipped fighters in Iraq.

Shaghati described the role of the international coalition, providing air support and advising Iraqi forces on the ground as "outstanding" and said Islamic State was crumbling under pressure.

"Daesh (Islamic State) devised many plans to obstruct and block us but they failed. We were able to surpass them and these areas were liberated with high speed," Shaghati said.

"We have intelligence that (Islamic State) leaders and their families are fleeing outside Iraq."

 

(Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Thanks for sharing these videos my good friend Yota, sure seems like the Iraqi forces have a ways to go yet. Breaks my heart to see these families in this state,  when this RV happens I hope to give back to help these families be reunited with loved ones. I feel blessed to have the life I have and give thanks daily, I just wish we could all get along :(

Sorry DV, a moment of sadness for these poor folks who have to suffer like this :tiphat:

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Isil stops paying Mosul fighters' salaries in hint at funding shortage

OOPs not good for the ISIS cowards to get an decrease in purchasing power as in 0 dinars for payment.  Ya better hurry and surrender and get some free food & water from UNICEF, but almost forgot firing squad once that belly is full.

"GOI & CBI can now RV / RI the IQD" so get busy before they get another loan from the WEST or Maliki"

Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul, Iraq, 
Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul, Iraq,  Credit: Reuters

 

5 January 2017 • 2:38pm

Islamic State has stopped paying the salaries of its fighters in Mosul, just as they face the fiercest part of the battle for the city, residents have said.

The militants usually receive a monthly wage of around $350 but Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has reportedly stopped the payments in recent weeks, indicating the terror group may be low on funds.

The financial strain could be a result of intensified air strikes on its oil infrastructure in Syria and Iraq as well as the major offensives they are fighting in both countries.

 
Jihadists have resorted to smuggling families out of the city in return for bribes - sometimes as little as 25,000 dinars (£15), according to a resident who writes about life inside the city using the name Mosul Eye.  
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Isil stops paying Mosul fighters' salaries in hint at funding shortage
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Islamic State has stopped paying the salaries of its fighters in Mosul, just as they face the fiercest part of the battle for the city, residents have said.

The militants usually receive a monthly wage of around $350 but Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has reportedly stopped the payments in recent weeks, indicating the terror group may be low on funds.

The financial strain could be a result of intensified air strikes on its oil infrastructure in Syria and Iraq as well as the major offensives they are fighting in both countries.

Jihadists have resorted to smuggling families out of the city in return for bribes - sometimes as little as 25,000 dinars (£15), according to a resident who writes about life inside the city using the name Mosul Eye.

Some 100,000 people have managed to escape Mosul since the offensive began in mid-October, but the estimated one million who remain live in increasingly dire conditions. 

Last week the last bridge over the Tigris river was bombed by the US-led coalition, cutting the eastern side of the city off from supplies in the west.

Food has become scarce and many neighbourhoods no longer have running water or electricity. In areas that do, it has become prohibitively expensive.

Isil has tried to raise money by demanding residents pay for electricityand other resources six months in advance, according to Mosul Eye.

“The only food left for people living on the western bank is potatoes. They boil them for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said.

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Another, Ahmed, who did not wish to give his last name, told the Telegraph Isil still had plenty of food and supplies but was refusing to share them with civilians.  

Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, promised that his forces would defeat Isil in Mosul by the end of 2016 but commanders have admitted they were surprised at how stiff jihadist resistance was in the city.

Iraqi forces are battling against daily car bombs, snipers and suicide attacks as well as having to negotiate through residential streets where people are being held as human shields.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed since the start of the offensive, according to figures released by the United Nations. 

The large number of residents is restricting Iraqi forces’ use of artillery and has slowed the operation to a punishing pace. In the last 10 weeks, the troops have managed to liberate 70 per cent of eastern Mosul, but the toughest fight is still to come.

"Roughly 65-70 percent of the eastern side has been liberated," Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati said. "I think in the coming few days we will see the full liberation of the eastern side".

Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces are currently involved in the offensive to retake the main northern city, which is also Isil's last major stronghold in the country.

But the battle has taken its toll on the troops. While the Iraqi government does not publish casualty figures, it has been reported that they could be as high as 20-30 per cent.

A large proportion of the deaths have been within the elite counter-terrorism unit known as the Golden Division - a group of 10,000 US-trained soldiers leading the push into the city and thought to be the best hope of bringing stability to the country once Mosul has fallen.

The US announced it was to double to 450 the number of military advisers on the ground, warning it could take several more months to liberate the city.

"There are more than 200,000 buildings in Mosul. And really, in order to do this properly, given the way that the enemy has conducted themselves you end up having to clear each one," Colonel John Dorrian, the coalition's spokesman, said on Thursday.

"And that goes from rooftop level, often in four-story or higher buildings, through every single room, and every single closet, and into tunnels that have been dug between these buildings, and sometimes beneath them. And it's just slow-going."

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