These are strange days. I just watched combat footage from Mosul while I took a $#@!. Whoever goes in there next should get a purple heart.
Some other villages retaken by the Iraqi's so far: Al-Bakr, Sa'eywiyah, Najmat Al-Muhandis, and Ibrahim Khalil.
Not much info about what's going on with the Shia'a militias coming in from the West, because the journalists are embedded with the Kurds and IA. However, they're now predicting that they can start breeching the outskirts of Western Mosul by Friday.
Russia has also come out today to say that they're monitoring the "safe corridor" the Iraqis gave the terrorists at the Syrian border to take care of them if they try to cross into Syria.
Isis punishment for what they consider 'crimes': adultery, homosexual relationship, drinking alcohol. (Ibrahim Khalil village, S.E. Mosul)
Today the Peshmerga have been attacking along the three northern main roads into Mosul. They have made good progress from the north, but are a bit bogged to on the northeastern approach. Iraqi forces are still working their way up from the south.
In Syria YPG forces are moving from Afrin to take Al Bab from ISIS, but Turkey is bombing them and slowing their progress. There was a report yesterday that one of the Kurdish commanders was meeting with local Sunni's near Arime, so the speculation is that the Kurds will start an assault to take Al Bab from the east as well coming from Manbij.
A couple interesting tidbits from today's endeavors:
The Iraqi's are super surprised that they're moving much faster than they anticipated, which is a good sign that their tactics are working, and their will to fight is still there. This should be a good morale boost for them which should translate over to more success. They're still expected it to take weeks or even months before Mosul is fully taken, the closer they get to Mosul the stronger the resistance.
And this gem from the Associated Press from the village of Al-Hud:
On Monday, a man paraded through town with an Iraqi flag in a show of defiance, residents said. Islamic State fighters shot and killed him.
A group of residents gathered in a shop, news spread among the hundreds of people living in the town, and soon a crowd turned on the militants.
One resident, Ahmed Mohammed, said he and others shot a militant who was hiding by an outhouse behind a shop.
“Thatdidn’twork.Thenone of our guys came and threw a grenade on him from the top,” he said.
Gasim Mohammed said his father was killed in the uprising against the militants. He kicked the head of one of the bodies. “This one smells like a dog,” he said.
“I hate them. Anyone I catch, I’ll drink his blood. Even if it’s a child,” he said.
It was not clear how many militants had been in the village or how many were killed. There were at least five bodies.
The head of the Iraqi military’soperationscommandfor Nineveh province, where the offensive is taking place, confirmed the residents’ account.
“Before we reached the village, they fought them and killed many of them,” Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jobori said.
On Wednesday, residents were celebrating. Children ran toward an Iraqi military convoy waving peace signs while others threw stones at the bodies of the dead Islamic State fighters. Residents fired celebratory rounds into the air, and cars along the main road still flew white flags of surrender.
Why weren't they doing that 2 years ago?
On Wednesday evening, Trump insinuated that Iraq launched the mission to help Clinton win the White House.
"The only reason they did it is because she's running for the office of president and they want to look tough," Trump said. "They want to look good."
"She wanted to look good for the election," he continued, "so they're going in."
Some highlights of today's offensives:
1 US servicemember KIA today from an IED:(
Iraqi forces break into towns of Sedawa, Khapata, Manaweer, Salahya, Khalidyah, and Mishraq all south of Mosul and Kanhash village southern Baghdedeh / Qaraqush to the East. The Peshmerga advanced now between Batnay and Tall Kayf, North to Mosul
So how are they gonna split $#@! up between all these factions? Will it be like post ww2 Berlin where everybody gets a slice of the city pie?
That's a good question, and they keep saying they don't really have a plan yet for what happens after they retake the city. They figure they still have a few weeks to figure it out. They did say that the Shia'a militas won't be allowed in, and there is talk that the Kurds will be asked to not go in either, so essentially they only want the Iraqi Army and Police to go in. No word on the NPU (The Assyrian Christian militia) since they're a part of this too (they're with the Iraqi Army to the SE), and this is traditionally the area they all lived, so Mosul and the Nineveh governorate is their home.
In a press conference they said they would restore the former governors and staff from before they fled from ISIS, which doesn't give everyone there too good of a feeling considering they were pretty weak the first time, which helped give rise to ISIS in the first place, but given the option of more ISIS or the old Iraqi government, I think by now everyone there would choose the later without too much complaining.
Speaking of the Nineveh Plains Forces (NPU) they've been doing good work in the villages of Kanhash in southern Baghdedeh / Qaraqush. Here's their trucks:
Here they are chilling behind a wall in Qaraqush:
And here's a picture one of them took of a former Church that Isis blew up:
Last edited by MillerEP; 10-20-2016 at 03:36 PM.
So this twitter account has been posting some pretty interesting videos like these two:
When I was in Iraq both times we had Iraqi Army co-located with us to train them up. I saw them as more of a nuisance than anything, and used them basically as glorified translators. They just tagged along with us more so than we ever actually trained them, since nobody could trust them further than we could throw them, but watching these videos it looks like they're using some sound tactics, so maybe they were learning by watching afterall. One example is you can see the use of ground guides, which is a slightly minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but I guarantee you it's something they learned from us.
Last edited by MillerEP; 10-20-2016 at 03:48 PM.
nice to see they are not all just shooting from the hip.
Thanks for the link
Some Highlights of today:
ISIS sleeper cells in Kirkuk which is not ISIS held territory detonated some car bombs, and are harassing security forces inside the city with snipers. One sniper reportedly killed an Iraqi reporter. Most likely it was to slow the assault down by making them turn to face another front. It kind of slowed things down in the SE, but things are still progressing up from the South and down from the North.
In the North, the Peshmerga have made it to the foot of the Bashiqa mountain in Nawaran. In the South the Iraqi Army has captured Duwayzat al-Tahtani on Makhmour front in order to assert pressure on Telul al-Nasr, the Mishraq Sulfer State Company, and the village of Nanaah.
Creeps me out seeing Iraqis driving around in our tanks.
I don't know why.
What I think are a cool way around their dogma are their temporary marriages. In some places you can get married, $#@! and then divorce the same day.
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