In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State by their media arm Amaq News, an ISIS sniper allegedly makes a head shot on an Iraqi soldier in Ayn al-Bayda, south of Al-Shirqat, Iraq. An accompanying summary released with the video reads: “Iraqi soldier killed by a sniper campaign in Ayn al-Bayda, south of Shirqat.”
The video was noticed by terrorism analyst Michael S. Smith II, who tweeted this about it:
In October, 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, reports the BBC.
According to Business Insider, ISIS militants retreating from Mosul have taken refuge in outlying cities like Al-Shirqat.
Earlier this month, Fox News reported that ISIS was able to exploit winter weather to conduct “near simultaneous attacks on positions of state-sanctioned militias west and south of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul.”