In a new video short purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS militants at the Zuwiyya Intersection attack and kill members of the Shia militias before desecrating their corpses. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on January 3. An accompanying summary of the video reads: “Clips of Islamic State Fighters Attacking Zawiyyah Intersection Southwest of #Shirqat.”
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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.
Other videos released from the area late last month include one where an ISIS sniper allegedly kills an Iraqi soldier and another showing an ISIS militant attacking Iraqi Army barracks with a long gun.
According to more recent reports by Kurdish NRT, ISIS has been shelling the city from afar which killed 2 children. ISIS also took control of three checkpoints on the main road linking Baiji to Shirqat. ISIS recently released a photo report from Baiji.
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