In screenshots from a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq titled "The Procession of Light," combat footage is shown before prisoners are executed by beheading and drowning. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on January 3 following a "teaser trailer" promoting its release. To see the full video, click here. According to NBC News Counterterrorism Analyst Laith Alkhouri, the direct Arabic translation of the video is "The Convoy of Light." Viewer discretion is advised.
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.The past 2-weeks had seen a lull in fighting in east Mosul, but The Guardian now reports that Iraqi troops backed by US-led airstrikes have again begun their push into Mosul. The AP reports, “Elite special forces pushed into the Karama and Quds neighborhoods, while army troops and federal police advanced into the nearby Intisar, Salam and Sumor neighborhoods.”According to the BBC, the latest push "is the second phase of an offensive on the last major stronghold of [ISIS] in Iraq." This video was released at the beginning of this "second push."
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