Iraqi Forces Take Control over Daesh HQ in Mosul

25 March, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Iraqi Forces Take Control over Daesh HQ in Mosul

Isler also told the U.S. magazine that fighting in Iraq's second-largest city has intensified to unprecedented levels now that fighters from Daesh are surrounded and that their leaders and foreign comrades have fled.

Around 400,000 thousand people are "trapped" in the Islamic State-controlled Old City of west Mosul, the United Nations said.

Families fleeing Mosul have talked of high numbers of civilians killed by air strikes, and said that in many cases ISIS fighters using homes as cover have already slipped away by the time airstrikes hit.

The UN has warned that civilians are at risk whether they choose to flee the city or remain in their homes.

The Coalition said there are no changes in operational procedures for approving airstrikes, despite allegations of increased civilian casualties in Western Mosul-final ISIS stronghold.

Those who choose to stay face extreme risks of being hit by mortar fire and air strikes; while families who choose to leave are equally at risk of being injured or killed in auto bombs and snipers. They want the Iraqi special forces and coalition to target civilians, this is why they are using them'.

The video captured outside Mosul was released on LiveLeak and it was filmed on March 18 as said by the soldier in the video.

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According to reports, the child was seized outside the war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul after hiding among families fleeing ISIS wearing a Chelsea kit bearing Eden Hazard's name. It's a very big disaster, indeed we can describe it as a disaster'.

Airwars, a London-based organisation that monitors global air strikes in against ISIL, said in a Tweet earlier this week that as many as 440 civilians had been killed by coalition raids in both Iraq and Syria over the past week.

'We are aware of reports on airstrikes in Mosul resulting in civilian casualties.

And that's saying a lot, since the current worst has soaring civilian casualties, with USA airstrikes killing 230 civilians just overnight in a single neighborhood.

Over the border in Syria in the last week, the U.S. has been accused of killing civilians in two separate bombing incidents: 33 died in a strike near Raqqa which was supposed to target Isis positions, and more than 50 after a strike hit a mosque in Aleppo province rather than an al-Qaeda meeting point.

In mid-February, Iraqi forces - backed by the US -led coalition - began fresh operations aimed at ousting IS militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group's last bastion in northern Iraq.

The exact cause of the blast remains unclear, but local residents said an explosive-laden truck detonated following a US-led airstrike, destroying buildings in the heavily-populated neighborhood.

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