Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Daesh crushes rebellion plot in Mosul

Daesh crushes rebellion plot in Mosul

But fast forward five years, and there are now around 6,000 US service members back here again, and as CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports, they're preparing for what could be a decisive battle against ISIS.

The US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city of Mosul is stormed.

Mosul is the last major stronghold of IS in Iraq. With 28 minutes of flying time and the capability to hit speeds up to 44 miles per hour, the most advanced Phantom could be easily turned into a quick-use remote-controlled bomb. Iraqi officials say a massive ground assault could begin this month, backed by USA air power, Kurdish security forces and Shia and Sunni irregular units.

"The Coalition takes this threat seriously and is implementing increased force protection measures and improved UAS [Unmanned Aerial Systems] counter-measures to protect Coalition forces and our partners on the ground to ensure that they are protected from the full spectrum of threats in the operating environment", USA officials stated.

Hisham al-Hashimi, an expert on ISIS affairs, told Reuters that the plot participants were arrested after a message in one of their phones about a weapons transfer operation was intercepted.

After being interrogated, the jihadi confessed that weapons were stashed in three locations around the Iraqi capital.

According to Hashimi, ISIS militants bombarded 3 houses where the weapons were hidden. A new report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point says that in the future, off-the-shelf drones used by terrorist groups will be able to carry heavier payloads, fly and loiter longer, venture farther from their controller and employ secure communications links. "This is a clear sign that the terrorist organization has started to lose support not only from the population, but even from its own members".

"Some of the relatives of the executed sent old women to ask about the bodies".

But the London-based security analyst firm said the losses were "strategically significant" because they were mostly concentrated in northern Aleppo.

The coalition, Col. Dorrian said, encourages a diplomatic solution to the rift between the two countries but said there has not been any changes to the plans in the Mosul operation due to the ongoing discussions about Bashiqa.

Muhsin Abdul Kareem Oghlu, who is known to be an IS die-hard, has reportedly been appointed to replace the executed commander.

In anticipation of the offensive to dislodge them from Mosul, ISIL fighters have placed booby-traps across the city, dug tunnels, and recruited children as spies, according to Iraqi and United States officials.

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