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    IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sat May 06, 2017 11:48 am

    Benya wrote:Iraqi forces are about to fully liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS

    Map made by South Front. It shows yesterday's progress in the city.

    Source: Arrow https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-iraqi-city-of-mosul-on-may-5-2017-map-update/

    Love the optimism. Sadly I think 'about to' may be a few weeks yet. Its getting down to the core, no way out but death, areas and terrorists now.
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  Benya on Sat May 06, 2017 12:06 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Love the optimism. Sadly I think 'about to' may be a few weeks yet. Its getting down to the core, no way out but death, areas and terrorists now.

    Well, it's just me over exaggerating things sometimes  Very Happy

    Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. ISIS will throw everything into action as well. Another sad thing is that US air power bombs Mosul so inaccurately, with lots of civilian casualties.
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sat May 06, 2017 12:31 pm

    Benya wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:Love the optimism. Sadly I think 'about to' may be a few weeks yet. Its getting down to the core, no way out but death, areas and terrorists now.

    Well, it's just me over exaggerating things sometimes  Very Happy

    Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. ISIS will throw everything into action as well. Another sad thing is that US air power bombs Mosul so inaccurately, with lots of civilian casualties.
    And you are doing it again Laughing

    The USAF is of course bombing with total and absolute accuracy with their super smart munitions. It can only be that they are being fed the wrong co-ordinates by other less capable people. Again. thumbsup
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sat May 06, 2017 1:01 pm

    Iraqi Day13m13 minutes ago

    #BREAKING
    Rapid Response Div stormed the industrial district meanwhile #Iraq Army & federal police storm Al-Haramat district west #Mosul.

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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  Benya on Fri May 19, 2017 4:05 pm

    US-LED COALITION BOMBED POPULAR MOBILIZATION UNITS FIGHTING ISIS IN IRAQ (VIDEO)



    On Thursday, the US-led coalition air force bombed positions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Iraq.

    According to the Iraqi media, US-led coalition airstrikes hit PMU units deployed in the area in order to prevent ISIS infiltration attempts from the territory of Syria and resulted in casualties among the PMU personnel.

    The incident took place in the area close to the al-Bakumal border crossing roughly in the same time when the US-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Syrian government forces advancing near the al-Tanaf area.

    Some experts believe that Washington was concerned that the PMU could help the Syrian military to secure the Syrian-Iraqi border. The US sees this possibility as a threat to its influence in the region.

    Source: Arrow https://southfront.org/us-led-coalition-bombed-popular-mobilization-units-fighting-isis-in-iraq-video/



    After seeing this, the following joke came to my mind:

    "Do you know what is the difference between a British soldier and an Iraqi one? No? Then welcome to the US Air Force!" Very Happy

    This joke is from the era of the Second Gulf War, after an USAF friendly fire incident (the situation here is the same, just with different belligerents).
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Fri May 19, 2017 5:19 pm

    There was a tweet that suggested that there were PMU in the Syrian convoy that got hit.
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  franco on Fri May 19, 2017 6:03 pm

    JohninMK wrote:There was a tweet that suggested that there were PMU in the Syrian convoy that got hit.

    Same Iraqi political movement but different militia ( Very Happy at least by name)
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  George1 on Sat May 20, 2017 12:37 am

    Destruction of the Iraqi Abrams tank by jihad mobile





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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Thu May 25, 2017 11:44 am

    Interesting move west. The US will not like this

    The'Nimr'Tiger 13h13 hours ago
    Replying to @Souria4Syrians

    Significant move as PMU will eventually reach the Syrian border. On the other side Hasakah and Deir Ezzour. Map via @LCarabinier

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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  nomadski on Thu May 25, 2017 12:49 pm

    Either Iraq/syria remains whole and integral or it does not . In order for maintaining territorial integrity of Iraq/syria , then Iraq/syrian government forces must reach and protect the borders . There is no other alternative . Any truly national and democratic forces can not deny goverment passage to reach border areas . For purposes of protecting against terrorist groups infiltration intoIraq/ syria . Any other traffic to supply friendly forces , in their fight against terrorists , can go ahead . Any attack by outside forces against national Iraq/syrian forces , in their attempt to establish control over their own borders , must be retaliated . Democratic and national Iraq/syrian forces can and should contribute troops to guard border areas . And defendIraq/ syria against terrorist groups . If the so called " national and democratic " forces , will not allow passage for government forces . Then in those areas they must be removed .
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Fri May 26, 2017 5:05 pm

    This gear required a lot of manufacturing support, these are not simple bits of pipe. Where did it come from?

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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  calm on Tue May 30, 2017 2:06 am

    Map of PMU advances in recent (4)days
    They made their way in south Sanjar mount
    to Syria border


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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  calm on Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:31 pm

    IS released a powerfull video showing strikes with white phosphorus Mosul

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    https://twitter.com/SaladinAlDronni/status/871300600205643776


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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:49 pm

    What munition is in use there?

    Is it an international war crime to do that?
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  calm on Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:13 pm

    No it's not.
    Only if Russia does it it's a crime. dunno
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:47 am

    ISW‏ TheStudyofWar 14h14 hours ago

    NEW Iraq Control of Terrain Map - key update: #Iranian-backed militias in #Iraq push toward #Syria border bit.ly 2roQvwY

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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:59 am

    Advanced gear on the front line


    Harry Boone‏ @towersight Jun 16

    Iraq 'AAC IA-407' helicopter pilot selfie ...right Pod almost full of BAE ' APKWS laser guided rockets


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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:47 pm

    Hassan Ridha‏ sayed_ridha 3h3 hours ago

    Hassan Ridha Retweeted Hassan Ridha

    Iraqi Forces launch operation dubbed "The New Dawn" and announce recapture of al-Waleed bordercrossing on the Iraqi - Syrian border

    This follows the high level meeting between Iraqi & Syrian armies leadership in Baghdad, fight against IS and regaining/managing border were issues discussed


    maytham‏ maytham956 1h1 hour ago

    Iraqi forces have liberated the border-crossing of AlWaleed on Iraqi-Syrian boarders.
    Simultaneously #SAA is advancing in the same direction




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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  Benya on Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:12 pm

    ISIS: 57 Iraqi Soldiers Killed During Past 24 Hours


    Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad…Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

    Four ISIS fighters launched a surprise attack on Iraqi Army positions in al-Shohadaa region in al-Baghdadi west of Anbar.

    According to ISIS, 40 Iraqi soldiers were killed as a result of the attack and many others were wounded, including the director of Al-Baghdadi township, Sharhabil al-Obeidi and the commander of the Fourth Corps, Kamal al-Obeidi.

    According to the ISIS-linked News Agency Amaaq, the attack lasted for 6 hours and ended with the four attackers bowing themselves among with Iraqi soldiers.

    In Mosul city, ISIS claimed that its fighters have been able to repel an attack by the Iraqi Federal Police in Bab Jadid and Bad al-Baid districts in Old Mosul Area. 10 Iraqi soldiers were allegedly killed and 30 were injured in the failed attack.

    ISIS also claimed the killing of 7 Iraqi SWAT officers in the Al-Mushahada area in Old Mosul and the destruction of a Humvee vehicle in Bab al-Kush.

    The Iraqi Army hasn’t published any information about the military operation in the Old Mosul area. It is believed that the Iraqi Army does not want to give ISIS an idea about its operations due to sensitivity of the area. For example, ISIS destroyed the Al-Nouri al-Kabir Mosque after the Iraqi Army announced that its troops were 50 meters away.

    The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) announced that it managed to foil an attack by ISIS fighters. The PMU launched heavy rockets from Tal Safouk targeting ISIS vehicles at the Syrian-Iraqi border that were preparing to attack the Tal Safouk crossing. According to the PMU, ISIS militants fled following the shelling.

    Source: Arrow https://southfront.org/isis-claims-killing-57-iraqi-soldiers-past-24-hours/


    Four ISIS fighters launched a surprise attack on Iraqi Army positions

    Hahahahahaha... Sounds like old Soviet propaganda, just like Panfilov's 28 guardsmen, for example. I bet this will be a popular urban legend among future jihadists Laughing .
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:09 pm

    Deep BBC report into an ISIS unit

    Julia Macfarlane @juliamacfarlane

    ISIS, struggling to prevent deserters, using child suicide bombers. So many important insights in @SommervilleBBC's report from Mosul. Watch

    https://twitter.com/juliamacfarlane/status/878523097229385728


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/is_fighters

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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  Benya on Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:46 pm

    Iraqi Army Liberates Mar Toma Church Area From ISIS In Mosul


    On Saturday, the Iraqi Army liberated the Mar Toma Church in the Old Mosul area on the right side of Mosul city. Unfortunately, ISIS had almost completely destroyed the church previously.


    Furthermore, Iraqi forces managed to kill Jasim Mohammed Akoub, an ISIS commander in Old Mosul while he was trying to cross the Tigris River towards the left side of Mosul.

    Iraqi forces continued to advance in the northern and southwestern parts Old Mosul. Currently government forces are focusing on evacuating civilians.


    According to reports, the number of ISIS fighters remaining in Mosul does not exceed few hundreds.

    From its side, ISIS claimed that two suicide bombers managed to infiltrate the left side of Mosul and attacked the Iraqi Army gatherings in Al-Muthana district, allegedly killing 60 Iraqi soldiers. However, Iraqi sources said that ISIS suicide bombers attacked a shopping mall and opened fire and threw grenades at civilians before they blew themselves up.


    ISIS has recently increased terrorist attacks against civilians in Iraq. However, this time it seems they have focused on targeting Sunni areas.

    Source: Arrow https://southfront.org/iraqi-army-liberates-mar-toma-church-from-isis-in-mosul/
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:30 pm

    What munition is in use there?

    Is it an international war crime to do that?

    White phosphorus... sometimes nicknamed willie peter in the west for the initials WP.

    Traditionally used to generate smoke rapidly for marking targets, but it burns white hot and will burn straight through flesh to the bone and cause nasty wounds on human targets on contact.

    The white gas it gives off as it burns is also toxic.

    It is a generally accepted international rule to use it for marking targets and not to use against humans either combatants or civilians and therefore its use in urban areas is generally accepted as being banned.

    The west tried to claim the Russians used it in Grozny but no evidence was forthcoming.

    There was also some confusion regarding thermobaric weapons, but thermobaric weapons are just a type of explosive rather than a napalm type material or a WP material.


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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:04 pm

    Mosul officially declared liberated from the "Islamic State"

    Mines and demining there will take a long time, but the organized resistance of the IG is broken and the city is finally taken by the government troops of Iraq.

    Photos of the latest battles from the agency Frans Press via http://jamejamonline.ir/image/imagereportpreview/2911370379660769430/ ادامه-دریریها-در-شهر-موصل-عراق

    The ruins of the old part of the city destroyed in the course of fierce battles with the IG fighters, who until the last kept the defense there.














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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:09 am

    Somethings up?


    Louisa Loveluck‏@leloveluck 4h4 hours ago

    Looks like west Mosul media blackout getting tighter. All checkpoints issued with instructions not to let journalists cross River Tigris.


    Also

    The'Nimr'Tiger @Souria4Syrians 10h10 hours ago

    Retweeted AlsumariaTV-السومرية

    After videos showed US helicopters flying to ISIS occupied Hawija pocket in Iraq, now reports US helis landed in ISIS occupied Tel Afar
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    Re: IRAQ - Fight on Islamic State: News #2

    Post  JohninMK on Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:32 am

    Matthew Schweitzer‏ @PostWarWatch 20h20 hours ago
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    75-80% buildings in western Mosul destroyed, compared to 25-40% in eastern Mosul. Still high damage, but not really comparable. See below:




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