In a new video short purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS militants are shown engaging with American coalition forces in the al-Samah neighborhood of Mosul. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on November 6 with an accompanying description that reads: “Thwarted Iraqi Forces Attack on the Outskirts of the Samah Neighborhood, East of #Mosul.”
It is unclear when the footage in the video was filmed, but ISIS Live Update reports that the al-Samah neighborhood was liberated two days ago by Iraqi forces, along with the neighborhoods of “al-Malayin, al-Samah, al-Khazra, Kirkukli, al-Quds and al-Karama.”
The Herald Tribune reports that prior to the neighborhood’s liberation, civilians had been fleeing the area.
Last month, 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.
Last week, Islamic State “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an mp3 of a speech for his followers in Mosul, telling them to not give up the fight.
However, despite the rally cry, the numbers are against ISIS. CNN reports that there are about 5,000 ISIS militants in Mosul facing nearly 109,000 troops.
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