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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:47 pm

Mosul battle: Last bridge 'disabled by air strike'

The last functioning bridge over the River Tigris in Mosul has been put out of service by a US-led coalition air strike, so-called Islamic State says.

The jihadist group's self-styled news agency posted a video appearing to show a collapsed section of the Old Bridge.

A coalition statement said a strike in Mosul on Monday had "disabled a bridge", without providing details.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has predicted that it will take three months to eliminate IS in Iraq.

Asked to respond to a recent statement by the US general commanding coalition forces in Iraq that it would take two years to clear the jihadist group from Mosul and its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, Mr Abadi said: "The Americans were very pessimistic.

"They used to talk about a really long period but the remarkable successes achieved by our brave and heroic fighters reduced that. I foresee that in Iraq it will take three months."

Mosul had five bridges shortly before pro-government forces launched a major offensive to recapture the city 10 weeks ago.

Two were damaged in air strikes in October and two others in November, as part of what the coalition said was an effort to impeded the freedom of movement of IS militants.

They were using the bridges to reinforce and resupply their positions in eastern Mosul, where special forces and army units have been making gains.

Despite this, the coalition left the Old Bridge intact until early December, when air strikes reportedly left craters on approach roads on both sides.

Those attacks happened soon after the bridge was shown in an IS propaganda film featuring the British journalist John Cantlie, who has been held hostage by the group since 2012.

In the film, Mr Cantlie said damage to the bridges and other critical infrastructure inside Mosul was having a detrimental impact on the lives of civilians.

The video footage posted by the Amaq news agency on Tuesday seemed to show that a 40m (130ft) section of the Old Bridge near the eastern bank of the Tigris had collapsed completely into the water.

People were also shown using small rowing boats to cross the river.

Some men who were interviewed complained that the coalition was responsible for the hardship inflicted on civilians.

The UN's International Organisation for Migration has warned that the destruction of the bridges could hamper the evacuation of the more than a million civilians inside Mosul as pro-government forces advance further into the city.

More than 115,000 people have been displaced since the offensive began.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:37 pm

Coalition airstrike may have killed civilians at Mosul hospital

A coalition airstrike targeting an ISIS vehicle in Mosul on Thursday may have killed civilians at a hospital in the city, the coalition announced in a statement.

“During operations to liberate Mosul on Dec. 29, a Coalition air strike struck a van carrying ISIL fighters observed firing a SPG9/RPG recoilless rifle before loading the weapon in the van and driving off,” reads the statement published by the Combined Joint Task Force on Thursday evening.

“The van was struck in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties.”

The Mosul Eye, a blogger from the city, reported earlier in the day that the coalition had struck Ibn al-Athir Hospital.

According to World Health Organization information on health facilities in Iraq, Ibn al-Athir is a maternity and children’s hospital.

The coalition has pledged to investigate the incident and release its findings “in a timely and transparent manner.”

“Coalition forces comply with the Law of Armed Conflict, work diligently to be precise in our airstrikes, and take all feasible precautions during the planning and execution of airstrikes to reduce the risk of harm to civilians,” concludes the statement.

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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:15 am

Coalition: ISIS increasingly violating laws of war as Iraqi forces push further into Mosul
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The US-led coalition said in a statement on Sunday that ISIS is increasingly using civilian buildings as weapon storage facilities “which is forbidden according to international law”. Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants have been implementing such tactics due to increased pressure by Iraqi security forces that recently launched the second phase of the Mosul operation.

On Sunday, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced the liberation of the al-Karama district in eastern Mosul. At request of the Iraqi Army, the US-led coalition artillery struck an ISIS mortar tube in support of the operation.

“A precision guided artillery round hit the mortar tube in between two empty school buildings. No civilians were in the area and minimal damage was reported to the buildings,” the coalition said.

“ISIS is known to use facilities such as mosques, hospitals, and schools, which are protected under the rules of international law as weapons storage facilities, fighting positions, and bases for its terrorist operations. We have seen this tactic used in ever greater numbers as the Iraqi Security Forces successfully push further into Mosul,” it added.

“While the Coalition takes extraordinary effort to protect civilians and strike appropriate military targets, we will continue to strike ISIS wherever and whenever our partner’s lives are in danger in accordance with the Law of Armed Conflict.”

Human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch in November called on ISIS to stop using civilians as human shields.

“Using civilians as human shields is a war crime. Forces fighting ISIS should take all feasible precautions to protect civilians during attacks,” HRW said.

“The use of human shields by ISIS is just their latest cruelty against beleaguered civilians,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “But the horrors inflicted by ISIS do not give anti-ISIS forces a pass to attack ISIS forces without regard to the safety of the civilians in their midst.”

Since the start of the Mosul operation on Oct. 17, the US-led coalition has struck ISIS with more than 7,650 munitions in support of the Iraqi Security Forces.

Last Thursday, the Iraqi forces announced that several elements of the Iraqi Army, Federal Police and Counter Terrorism Service initiated a simultaneous advance along three axes in Mosul to defeat ISIS.

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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:18 am

Rojava receives more Iraqi refugees amidst increasing violence in Mosul

Hundreds of displaced Iraqi civilians from Mosul on Tuesday crossed the border into Syria’s Kurdish region [Rojava] after fleeing ongoing fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic Stat’s (ISIS) militants, local sources reported.

Most of the newcomers were sheltered in the al-Hawl Camp in Hasakah Governorate.

“A new batch of Iraqi refugees arrived to Rojava on Tuesday, seeking a safe haven after fleeing intensifying violence in Mosul City,” Berivan Hussein, a member of the Hawl Camp administration, told ARA News.

“114 new families crossed the border into Rojava today. In total, 504 civilians were received in the al-Hawl Camp,” she said. “We provided them with food and shelter.”

Rojava has received over 15,000 Iraqi refugees since the US-backed Iraqi forces launched a major anti-ISIS campaign in Mosul on October 17.

The Kurdish-led Self-Administration of Rojava confirmed that its local committees in Hasakah have provided thousands of Iraqi families with shelter.

In November, Northern Syria – Rojava asked the UN to provide short-term assistance to help those fleeing from the Islamic State. The de facto autonomous region also charged its local committees with assisting the civilians who reached Hasakah.

While their intentions were altruistic, Rojavan authorities struggled to care for the massive influx of refugees from Mosul city and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor Governorates.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) delivered humanitarian aid to al-Hawl Camp on 5 December. The sprawling encampment shelters civilians who have crossed into Northern Syria – Rojava.

“The UNHCR has delivered life-saving assistance to al-Hawl Camp, which included winter supplies. The aid was distributed by the UN Refugee Agency in cooperation with the camp’s [staff],” a camp administrator told ARA News.

“This aid was urgently needed as winter bites and Iraqi refugees continue to cross the border, heading to Rojava after escaping war-torn Nineveh Governorate.”

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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:59 am

UN: Nearly 50% of Mosul casualties are civilians :shock:

Civilians are taking the brunt of the military operation to retake Mosul, making up nearly half of the casualties as ISIS continues to directly target them and fears of a siege grow in western Mosul.

Out of all the people who have been wounded by gunshots since the operation began, “47 percent of all casualties are civilians,” said the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, in a press conference on Wednesday.

Expectations for civilian casualties in conflict would normally be around 15 – 20 percent, she detailed, but in Mosul the numbers are much higher. “It’s clear that this is because of direct targeting by combatants and in the majority of cases, the overwhelming majority, civilians are being directly targeted by ISIL. They’re being shot as they try and leave the city and they’re being shot as they try and secure food and other resources,” Grande said.

Civilians are also at risk from IEDs, booby traps, and being used as human shields, she added, noting that the information is based on interviews with victims as UN personnel are not in Mosul.

The Iraqi government, at the outset of the military operation, made the decision to advise civilians to remain in their homes rather than flee and creating problems of dealing with mass displacement of civilians. Grande said that the UN is in constant discussion with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to ensure civilians are protected.

According to the UN’s figures, an estimated 450,000 civilians are living in eastern Mosul, 400,000 of who are in liberated districts as the ISF have retaken some 75 – 80 percent of the eastern half of the city. An estimated 750,000 are still trapped in western Mosul, living under the full control of ISIS.

In western Mosul, where supply routes into the city have been cut off six weeks, there are concerns that a siege-like situation may develop.

“Siege is a very real possibility,” said Grande. “We don’t know that that will happen, but we worry that it might.”

“A siege of 750,000 people would have absolutely enormous implications,” she said, noting that in the UN’s experience, 90 percent of efforts to break sieges fail. Knowing these statistics, the UN is trying to get as much aid into western Mosul as possible in anticipation of a siege.

Already, some siege-like conditions are developing as electricity and water supplies are intermittent and food prices are skyrocketing. For example, she said, 1kg of sugar in eastern Mosul costs 1,000 IQD ($0.85). In western Mosul, it sells for ten times the price.

Grande detailed that the UN is discussing with the ISF and global coalition options to get supplies into western Mosul including airdrops and bringing supplies in via the Tigris River, but nothing is yet agreed.

Grande commended the ISF who adopted a humanitarian concept of operations, putting protection of civilians at the centre of their military operation. While this has slowed down military progress, she said the Iraqi forces “deserve enormous credit” for their efforts to protect civilians.

The Mosul operation is just one part of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Before Mosul, the humanitarian crisis in Iraq was one of the largest in the world, second only to Syria, said Grande.

“Since the rise of ISIL, 4.5 million people have been displaced in Iraq,” she said. Over the past year, 1 million have been able to return but 3.5 million still remain out of their homes. Meeting their needs will take years.

“When Daesh is defeated in Iraq, that’s a military success. But the humanitarian crisis is a legacy – it just keeps going,” she said. If people are not helped to go home and rebuild their lives, “the conditions which bred, which led to the rise of ISIL will continue to be there.”

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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Londoner » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:16 am

Nearly 50% of Mosul casualties are civilians


That is not surprising. ISIS uses civilians as a shield.
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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:41 pm

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Nearly 50% of Mosul casualties are civilians


That is not surprising. ISIS uses civilians as a shield.


When a civilians are being used as human shields - every time ISIS is bombed so are the civilians :shock:

America has always had a policy of bomb everyone and let god sort them out X(

the conditions which bred, which led to the rise of ISIL will continue to be there


Anyone who thinks the attack on Mosul will make the Sunni/Shia situation any better, is mistaken

The vast majority of inhabitants in Mosul are Sunni. Many thousands of them returned to Mosul after the initial fighting because the preferred to live in their Mosul homes under, what they viewed as, ISIS who had liberated them from years of hardship and Shia oppression in Mosul

Over the past few years many Mosul residents have voiced their fear of future coalition bombing

Nobody ever asked the inhabitants of Mosul whether or not they wanted to become 'liberated corpses'

This attack on Mosul is the WORST THING that could have happened - it is NOT for America or any other country to take sides - this is a Sunni Shia war and the coalition bombing will only result in the complete separation of Iraq into 3 clearly defined independent countries - they will be NO turning back after this SLAUGHTER
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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:36 pm

3,000 civilians displaced in Mosul on daily basis

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Saturday revealed since the beginning of the Mosul operation, 90,000 civilians had fled the city to the Region.

In a statement on the KRG’s website, Director of the KRG’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) Hoshang Mohamed said 90,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), nearly 25,000 families, had arrived in Kurdistan since the start of the Mosul offensive.

Iraqi and Peshmerga forces launched a military operation on Oct. 17 to free Mosul, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State (ISIS).

“The IDPs have resided at the Khazir and Hassan Sham camps in Erbil Province, and Qaiymawa and Nergizliya camps in Duhok,” Mohamed stated.

Mohamed added the KRG provided the needs of the displaced families such as shelter, security, food, non-food items, and medical services.

He also explained humanitarian assistance was delivered in coordination and cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs.

“The capacity of the Kurdistan Region to shelter more IDPs is limited as the displacement has increased to 3,000 IDPs a day,” Mohamed said.

“70 percent of the IDPs have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region,” he continued.

Additionally, the Director of the JCC said due to the ongoing fighting inside Mosul, the number of wounded had increased.

According to him, 3,000 wounded people received treatment in Erbil and Duhok hospitals since the offensive began.

“Due to insufficient assistance and support from the Iraqi government and the international community, the assistance provided to the IDPs are few compared to their needs,” Mohamed told the KRG website.

The JCC is a response center established by the KRG for coordination of the current humanitarian crisis and all future man-made and natural disaster emergencies.

The Kurdistan Region is home to over 1.8 million IDPs and refugees who fled from Syria and other parts of Iraq due to the threat of ISIS.

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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:54 pm

Did anyone ever ask the Sunni inhabitants of Mosul if they wanted to be liberated from ISIS and have their homes turned into rubble - ISIS, the very people whom many of them viewed as liberating them from Shia barbarism

Did they vote to become homeless

LIBERATED CORPSES

Having lost their family members and friends, due to them becoming 'liberated corpses' during the bombings - having lost their homes; valuables; jobs; businesses; their entire way of life - many flee to Kurdistan because they (rightly) fear retribution from the Shia Militia

Now, unable to support themselves financially, a great many may have to spend YEARS living in tents existing on government handouts - so after losing absolutely everything else the final thing they will lose is their self-esteem =((
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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:43 am

Mosul Op: 6,500 Iraq soldiers killed in 3 months

Recently released figures paint a grisly picture of the butcher’s bill paid by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), allied Kurdish Peshmerga and Iran-backed Shia jihadists as the third month of fighting for Iraq’s northern city of Mosul continues.

According to figures released by Amaq news agency, closely linked to the Daesh extremist group, the militants have managed to exact a devastating death toll on US and Iran-backed forces, totalling to 1,520 men lost in the third month of combat alone.

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Daesh have also claimed to have killed 170 soldiers in sniper attacks, in addition to carrying out 58 suicide bombing missions leading to the destruction of 11 tanks and dozens of other vehicles used by the ISF and allied forces.

The militant group’s suicide bombings are usually vehicle-borne in specially designed vehicles to prevent them being taken out before they reach their targets. Analysts have described these car bombs as Daesh’s version of airstrikes, due to the devastating carnage they cause.

If accurate, the third month’s figures now mean that total Iraqi losses have now reached 6,491 over three months of fighting in Iraq’s second largest city, held by the extremist group since June 2014.

The Iraqi government has consistently failed to release casualty figures.

First month figures confirmed by UN

Amaq released its tally for the first month of fighting in November, claiming to have slain 2,671 Iraqi soldiers and conducted 124 suicide bomb attacks.

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By the end of November, MEMO reported that Daesh had released an infographic showing that it had inflicted a further 1,000 casualties, pushing the overall death toll suffered by Iraqi and allied forces to over 4,000.

These figures were largely confirmed by the United Nations, who described the death toll as “staggering”. The UN’s figures showed that Iraqi forces had lost almost 2,000 men in November and a further 672 in October.

In response to fury from Baghdad that the UN had more or less confirmed that Daesh’s figures were accurate, the United Nations announced shortly thereafter that it would no longer be publishing casualty figures.

Though the United Nations ceased publication of its casualty figures that suggested Daesh’s numbers were not exaggerated, the militant group themselves have issued weekly as well as monthly round-up figures.

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the first casualty of war is the truth :-s
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:15 pm

Abadi orders investigation into reported Mosul abuses by Iraqi forces

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the formation of a committee to investigate reports of abduction and abuse committed by Iraqi forces in Nineveh during the military offensive to oust ISIS from the province and the city of Mosul.

“The Prime Minister stressed the importance of human rights,” reads a statement issued by his office on Monday that called on commanders in the field to ensure no violations were committed during the operations.

His announcement comes after a video was shared on social media over the weekend that appears to show uniformed Iraqi security force personnel beating at least three ISIS suspects before killing them.

The UN’s mission in Iraq, UNAMI, issued a statement on Saturday calling on Baghdad to investigate the video “which purportedly shows the brutal mistreatment and murder of at least three captured ISIL members in a retaken area between Intisar and Karma neighbourhoods of east Mosul at the hands of what appears to be Iraqi Security Forces Personnel.”

Last week, Rudaw reported on Shiite Iraqi soldiers in Mosul boasting about revenge killing an ISIS militant who had surrendered.

Abadi’s statement said that those who recorded abuses and shared the videos on social media wanted to “spoil the joy of victory and to defame the real image of the brave security forces and their sacrifices to liberate the land and maintain security.”

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:59 pm

Mosul IDPs leave Kurdistan with $85M medical debt

Almost 99 percent of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and wounded Iraqi troops from Mosul receive treatment at Erbil hospitals, said a Kurdish Health Minister on Sunday.

In an interview with Kurdistan24, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed explained the war against the Islamic State (IS) and the Mosul operation, in particular, put a heavy load on the Region.

“Most of the health services in the Kurdistan Region hospitals go to the Mosul IDPs,” Rasheed said.

“After the Mosul operation had begun, 99 percent of Mosul health services were laid on Kurdistan in general and Erbil hospitals in particular,” Rasheed continued.

He also mentioned “almost 1 percent” of the patients in hospitals in Erbil were people from the Kurdistan Region, the rest consisted of Mosul civilians and wounded Iraqi soldiers.

According to Rasheed, the Health Minister of Iraq had visited Erbil and witnessed the reality of the issue.

“I won’t say they haven’t sent anything to help Kurdistan, but their assistance is not as much as needed,” the KRG Health Minister revealed.

The Kurdistan Region is home to over 1.8 million Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs who fled from Mosul and other parts of the country due to the threat of IS.

The insurgent group occupied Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, in June 2014 and shortly expanded to other areas in the country.

Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched the Mosul operation on Oct. 17, 2016.

The troops had since advanced and liberated half of the city from the eastern side of the Tigris river.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:47 pm

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Iraq troops make headway against ISIS

Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul.

Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards ISIS positions early on Sunday.

The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in Iraq, takes them within striking distance of Mosul airport.

Fears have been voiced about the safety of many thousands of trapped civilians.

The offensive was formally announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi early on Sunday.

Army Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said in a statement that elite Rapid Response units captured the villages of Athbah and Al-Lazzagah - two villages south of Mosul airport.

Government forces retook the eastern side of the city, the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq, last month. But military officials say the western side, with its narrow, winding streets, may prove a bigger challenge.

For now, there is no advance from eastern Mosul as all bridges from there to the west of the city, across the Tigris river, have been destroyed.

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Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the US-led coalition forces, said in a statement on Sunday: "Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world."

Special forces units safely detonated a number of ISIS car bombs as they cleared villages south of Mosul, according to the BBC's Quentin Sommerville, who is embedded with the troops.

As well as primed car bombs, the jihadists left behind SIM cards, clothes, instant coffee and weapons as they retreated.

The UN has voiced concern about civilians trapped there, amid reports that they could number up to 650,000. Leaflets warning residents of an imminent offensive were earlier dropped over the west of the city.

Charity Save the Children said on Sunday it believed that as many as 350,000 children were trapped.

"This is the grim choice for children in western Mosul right now: bombs, crossfire and hunger if they stay; or execution and snipers if they try to run," said the charity's Iraq country director, Maurizio Crivallero.

The assault began just after dawn, after days of coalition air strikes, with hundreds of armoured vehicles, thousands of men, and support from helicopter gunships.

The men of Iraq's Emergency Response Division, police special forces are leading the attack. Their targets are three IS held villages to the south of west Mosul. They are trying to gain the high ground from ISIS, which will give them sight of the city's airport and its southern edge.

The government forces made quick gains but have been slowed as they begin to take villages. There are no signs of any civilians. Heavy machine gunfire, rockets and artillery fire are constant.

For the first time in nearly three years, the Iraqi flag is again flying over the south of western Mosul.

Iraqi forces have now all but surrounded the western part of Mosul, while the US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes on ISIS targets.

Ahead of the launch of the operation, Mr Abadi said in a televised speech: "We announce the start of a new phase in the operation, we are coming to Nineveh to liberate the western side of Mosul."

"Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh [IS]," he added, quoted by AFP news agency.

The UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, told the BBC on Saturday that "all of the parties to the conflict do absolutely everything they can to ensure that civilians survive the battle, and that they live".

"Absolutely nothing is more important going into the campaign to retake western Mosul," she added.

As the advance got under way, the UN commissioner for human rights called on the Iraqi government to investigate videos shared on social media that appeared to show Iraqi troops brutally abusing and executing ISIS fighters on the streets of east Mosul late last year.

The videos have not been verified at this stage by any government authority or independent group. The Iraqi prime minister's office said it had launched an investigation.

The offensive on the eastern part of the city was launched on 17 October, more than two years after jihadists overran Mosul before seizing control of much of northern and western Iraq.

Experts warn that western Mosul, although slightly smaller than the east, is more densely populated and includes districts that are seen as pro-ISIS.

The UN said in late January that almost half of all the casualties in Mosul were civilians. At least 1,096 have been killed and 694 injured across Nineveh province since the start of October.

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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:51 am

Iraqi forces face army of 1800 ISIS militants
and 200 suicide bombers in West Mosul


The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS), who spearheaded the operation to retake the eastern half of Mosul but did not take part in the outset of the fresh offensive launched on Sunday, will have “a big role” in the liberation of the districts located in the western half of Mosul -- that is when the real fight begins with at least 1,800 ISIS militants and 200 suicide bombers, Brigadier General Yahya Rasul, spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, told Rudaw TV on Sunday night.

He said retaking the remaining half of the city from the extremist group will be “harder” because of the densely populated areas and the narrow streets, which will be an obstacle for the movement of military vehicles.

To protect civilian lives and the infrastructure, he said, “We will depend on forces who are well-trained and have gained experience in fighting in the residential areas and street fighting, that are represented by the Counter Terrorism Service and the Quick Response Units that belong to the federal police.”

“The forces of the Counter Terrorism Service will have a big role in the next pages of the operation to storm and liberate the districts of the right coast of Mosul, in coordination with the Quick Response Units of the federal police.”

He said the Iraqi forces will face an army of at least 1,800 militants, and 200 suicide bombers, noting that they have “accurate intelligence” on ISIS positions, methods, and their movements in ISIS-held areas in western Mosul.

“The figures for the armed militants, based on the intelligence, are somewhere between 1,800 to 2,000, and there are about 200 suiciders.”

Maj. Gen. Rasul avoided giving an exact timeline of the operation, adding that it will depend on the course of the battle.

He however said that based on his observations of the advances made on Sunday, where Iraqi forces liberated more than a dozen villages south and southwest of the city, including controlling a power station that supplies electricity to the whole of western Mosul, the operation will reach the southern edges of Mosul very soon.

“Within the next few days, we will reach the edges of [western] Mosul, the districts of the [western] Mosul. And then the real fight will begin with the members of the terrorist organization that will involve street fighting and fighting in the residential areas."

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/190220172

The above article repeatedly mentions the number of militants BUT fails to mention the huge number of innocent civilians who are at risk of becoming LIBERATED CORPSES
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Re: Updates on Ongoing Mosul Massacre

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:07 am

Personally, I despise the Islamic State, as do most normal, fair-minded people

Their attacks on the Yazidis and the Kurds are unforgivable and demand the most extreme retribution X(

However, their support and acceptance by the Sunni community in their defence against the Shia is entirely understandable

Their ideology is that of the Saudi Arabian Sunni - the very same Saudi Arabian Sunnis who are supporting and helping to arm ISIS - the very same Saudi Arabian Sunnis who are the major beneficiaries of US and UK arms deals X(

Many Sunni view ISIS as their defenders against the horrors meted out on them by the barbaric Shia

In my valued opinion - both factions of barbaric savages are as bad as each other and by supporting one side against the other, the coalition is furthering the rift between the two factions hat has been festering for about 1500 years

After the current slaughter of innocent civilians in Mosul, I am unable to see any future for either Iraq or Syria in their present formats - a fact that will greatly benefit the Kurds :ymparty:

Is it the coalition's intention to annihilate every single member of ISIS?

Then what about the repercussions that will assuredly be meted out upon the Sunni by the Shia?

Does the coalition intend to remain in Syria and Iraq to defend the Sunni against the Shia?

The world seems more than happy to pay for the destruction but offer very little help for those who need it most

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