Mosul Update: Islamic State Fielding a Serious Defense of the Caliphate
The Islamic State (ISIS) came out of a union of traditional Islamist radicals from al Qaeda in Iraq with members of Saddam’s military professionals. In its defense of the city of Mosul, ISIS is showing that its leaders have managed to bring a professional understanding of how to leverage both conventional and insurgent tactics to maximum advantage. The weight of numbers is against them, but they are fielding effective and vicious tactics to make their enemies pay dearly for their victories.
On the conventional side, CounterJihad has learned that ISIS successfully rendered the Mosul air field unusable for the forces pressing in on the city. Much of the strategy of the coalition of Iraqi, Iranian, and American forces has been built around capturing outlying areas that can then be used as effective staging grounds for the push into the city proper. ISIS anticipated this strategy. Having no use for an airfield itself, it suffers neither long- nor short-term costs for destroying the airport. We are also hearing that a second nearby airport near Tal Afar has been captured by Iranian-backed Shia militias, but has proven to be heavily mined with IEDs. – READ MORE