In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS militants are shown fighting coalition forces consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Peshmerga, and more on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on November 14.
The 26-minute long video features various footage of ISIS attacks along with alleged “statistics” about its damage to coalition forces. 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.
Since then, ISIS militants have been either embedding themselves into the civilian population of the city or fleeing to nearby villages to provide diversionary attacks and draw coalition resources away from Mosul.
In the video, ISIS uses drones to show suicide car bomb attacks on Abrams tanks. Abrams “is an American third-generation main battle tank. It is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army chief of staff and commander of United States military forces in the Vietnam War.”
One major statistic alleged by ISIS in the video is that Mosul has cost the mainly US-financed coalition $420,000,000 so far. This cannot be independently verified. ISIS also allegs it has killed 2,200 “kuffar.” In Islamic terminology, a kuffar is a person who doesn’t believe in Islam. ISIS uses the term to refer not only to non-Muslims, but any person who doesn’t adhere to its strict, extremist interpretation of Sunni Islam.
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