World IS using hobby drones to bomb Iraqi forces in Mosul: US official

00:36  12 january  2017
00:36  12 january  2017 Source:   AFP

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The Battle of Mosul is a joint offensive by Iraqi government forces with allied militias, Iraqi Kurdistan, and international forces to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The offensive, dubbed Operation " We Are Coming, Nineveh"

So much for the 2008 US - Iraq State of Forces agreement, which stated that by 31st December 2011 “all United States forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory.” On the USS Abraham Lincoln Bush stated She states of just the onslaught on Mosul , her home, the ancient university city of 1.5 million, that the stated figures from US spokespersons are: “either misinformed about the real situation on the ground, since they are using drones and guided missiles, or airstrikes blindly, intentionally not saying the truth.”

Iraqis children walk between ruined buildings in Mosul's Qadisiyah neighbourhood on January 11, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against the Islamic State (IS) group. © DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images Iraqis children walk between ruined buildings in Mosul's Qadisiyah neighbourhood on January 11, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against the Islamic State (IS) group. Islamic State jihadists are using small commercial drones to attack Iraqi security forces in the battle for Mosul, a US commander said Wednesday.

Colonel Brett Sylvia, who commands an "advise and assist" US unit in Iraq, said IS fighters are attaching small munitions to quadcopters in an attempt to kill local forces as they retake Mosul, the last major IS bastion in Iraq.

"They are small drones with small munitions that they've been dropping," Sylvia said.

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Last month a hobby plane rigged with explosives killed two Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and injured two French soldiers. According to a US defence official , the incident unfolded on October 2 when a small plane with a styrofoam body was either shot down or crashed in Arbil in northern Iraq . When he spots enemy movement, he coordinates with the Iraqi artillery, air force or sometimes the US -led coalition bombarding IS from the sky. In eastern Mosul , Iraqi special forces soldiers are using drones for the same purpose. "There were three car bombs coming out from Al -Bakr toward our

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While the munitions were no larger than "a small little grenade," he said, that was enough to do what "Daesh does, and that's just, you know, indiscriminate killing," he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

The group's use of small drones is not new, Sylvia said, though initially they were mainly used for reconnaissance.

"They are (now) using them to drop munitions as Iraqi forces push into Mosul," he said.

He added that US-backed local troops have been able to bring down many of the drones, making them "much less effective than they were."

Tens of thousands of allied troops launched a huge offensive on October 17 to retake Mosul and areas around it.

Early in the offensive, a variety of forces quickly retook significant swaths of land, but the going has been much tougher inside the city itself.

Iraqi forces have retaken at least 80 percent of east Mosul from Islamic State jihadists, the spokesman of the special forces spearheading the campaign said Wednesday.

Over the past two weeks, Iraqi forces have overrun several districts and, for the first time, reached the Tigris River that runs through the heart of the city.

But the western part of Iraq's second city remains largely in IS hands.

"There's a lot of fight that's left to do in western Mosul," Sylvia said, noting that IS had conducted extensive defensive work.

Still, he said, IS resistance had weakened in several areas.

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