The boiler in Mosul: how to continue the offensive on the Iraqi capital of ISIS

Taken in the boiler

Monday, November 7, in Iraq entered its fourth week military operation to liberate Mosul from the militants of the “Islamic state” (LIH, a banned terrorist group). Mosul is the largest city under the control of ISIS and the de facto capital of Iraq, controlled by the Islamists.

The main event of Monday was the capture of the Kurdish forces of the city of BA’shiqah, North-East of Mosul. A relatively large city with 137 thousand people (as of 2014) to capture by the ISIL militants in June 2014 was an important agricultural center of the Northern Iraq. The bulk of the population were Yezidi Kurds and Assyrians.

During the operation to liberate Mosul Kurdish troops moving to the metropolis, surrounded Basico, leaving him in the rear. After two weeks of siege, at dawn on 7 November, the Peshmerga (the troops of Iraqi Kurdistan) launched an operation to liberate Basici, completely cleaning the city from the Islamists to two o’clock (time in Iraq coincides with Moscow).

As reported by Kurdish news Agency Rudaw, citing the command of the Peshmerga, in the midst of the fighting in Balice remained between 40 to 50 militants of ISIL, with at least 11 suicide bombers blew themselves up at the position of the Kurdish army. The forces of the Kurds, said the Agency Reuters, was about 2 thousand people.


If in the North-Eastern front, the Peshmerga occupied the alignment of the front and sweep of ISIS besieged cities to the East and South of Mosul advancing troops of the Iraqi army.

To the South of the city limits of Mosul, the Iraqis are moving up the river Tigris. In the night of Monday, said the head of the Iraqi police, General Raed shaker Jawdat, the anti-terrorist coalition has completely occupied the city of Hammam-El-Alil, where a week ago the Islamists were executed 42 civilians hostage.

By Monday evening, the Iraqi special forces and army units continued to move from Hammam El Halil in the direction of Mosul and is located in 12 km South from the international airport. In parallel, another group of Iraqi troops around Mosul from the Western side, approaching the city of tel afar: the preparation of the army caught on camera videoamanda Ruptly (part of the Russian TV company RT).

The offensive of the Iraqi army in the desert West of Mosul is designed to cut located in the city of militants from direct land communication with the Syrian half of the “Islamic state” — a goal the Baghdad declared at the very beginning of the campaign.

At the very successful East direction, where the forces of the Iraqi special forces captured last week a few districts of Mosul, on Monday significant advance troops followed. As correspondent Bi-bi-si Quentin Somerville, in just one Monday morning, through the liberated neighborhoods of the city were more than 2 thousand refugees.

Double blow

In addition to the need to align the front, waiting for the encirclement of Mosul from the other side, the reason for the pause in the Eastern offensive began, and that the shock troops of the Iraqi anti-terrorist commandos (CTS) went deep in the dense urban areas of the metropolis, where the militants used against them the whole range of techniques of guerrilla warfare.

For example, it’s a mortar attack, use bombs cars explosions of roadside bombs, as well as the work of numerous snipers. “We are now difficult street battles of those that are able to take any army in the world,” said Sunday a press-the Secretary CTS Sabah an-Numani.

About violated if the city fights the plan of operations to liberate Mosul, Iraqi and Kurdish military officials prefer not to mention. As noted at the end of last week bi-Bi-si, the operation is going “according to schedule, but not according to plan”: referring to the shuffling of Kurdish, Iraqi and allied forces, as well as to combine several areas of attack in three broad fronts: to the North-East, East and South of Mosul.

Fierce resistance from the militants in the neighborhoods of Mosul can attest to the fact that the Islamists began to move away from the tactics of an organized retreat to save troops. Earlier, the Director of the center “Russia-East-West” Vladimir Sotnikov said that such tactics were familiar to ISIS: one of the last applications I had on the operation of the Turkish army “shield of the Euphrates”. If the militants will begin to withdraw during the street fighting in Mosul, it will play into the hands of the Iraqi army, said Sotnikov.

In addition, on Sunday the armed Syrian opposition launched an offensive on Raqqa — the capital of the Syrian part of ISIS. The operation is carried out from the territory controlled by Syrian Kurds (40 km North of Raqqa) with air support, American coalition.

As reports Reuters with reference to human rights defenders the Syrian monitoring centre for human rights, by Monday evening (that is, for a day and a half before the operation, named “Anger of the Euphrates”), the Syrian-Kurdish forces recaptured several villages of ISIL, although the “real progress” out of the question. The source Agency in Washington talked about “the lack of forces able to capture Raqqa in the foreseeable future.” Only the capture of the city in the ring will take at least two months, said the source to Reuters.