A new video purportedly put out by the Islamic State alleges to show the aftermath of United States coalition airstrikes on the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul, Iraq. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on October 31. It cannot be independently verified that the damage shown in the video is the result of US airstrikes.
As this video was released, Fox News reports that coalition forces are less than 2 miles from the city limits of Mosul.
Two weeks ago, the American Coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
CNN reports that the first military division that will arrive in Mosul proper is called “The Golden Spear.” They write that “The Golden Division moved into the town a few days earlier, putting them within 2 or 3 kilometers of the area near the Mosul city limits known as Gogjali.”
The Golden Division is made up of Iraqi war veterans who have also fought ISIS in Ramadi and Fallujah.
ISIS has responded with gunfire and suicide bombers. They have also launched counterattacks at smaller cities, such as Kirkuk, to try to divert coalition resources away from Mosul.
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