The Mosul battleground: Iran and the Islamic State

Is the fight for Mosul about  to begin?

The following report has been relayed to me by my sources inside the city of Mosul. Some  of this info might have been reported by mainstream news sites but what isn’t is only because it hasn’t reached them yet. These are western voices, not prone to the hysterical hyperbole that you normally get from Muslim reports from these areas. I can’t reveal who they are for the obvious reasons. All I can tell you is that for the people trying to get out it’s a living nightmare.

As it was said to me directly:

“People here are very worried. They fear the Shiites as much as they fear the kurds…The Sunnis fear being massacred by the Shiites/Iranians.”

The impending invasion of Mosul from Iran, backed by Iraqi Shi’ite militias is causing more refugee problems in the city. Hundreds of Christians, Jews, and Yazidis are preparing to leave as the battle for Mosul comes closer to reality. On top of that there are hundreds of thousands of Sunni residents which are also preparing to leave.

One of the main push factors forcing Mosul residents to flee or at least preparing for the eventual reality of having to leave is that the Fajr 5 and the Fateh 110 rockets have been spotted inside the Iraqi borders.  These are Iranian built missiles which ups the ante in the types of sophisticated weaponry in this war.

Heavy weapons introduced here in an urban battle indicate one thing. The Iranians are not concerned with civilian losses. They are intending to rocket most of the population along with whatever elements of Islamic State are in Mosul before they invade. Thousands will die in the process if they don’t get out.

It is now a life and death struggle.

IS trains kids to kill and they are proud of it. You remember the pic of the kid who they led you to believe executed those hostages a few weeks ago? several hundred of these kids are in Mosul now waiting to go to war with the Iranians and their Iraqi Shia militias.

IS trains kids to kill and they are proud of it. You remember the pic of the young boy who they led you to believe executed those hostages a few weeks ago? several hundred of these kids are in Mosul now waiting to go to war with the Iranians and their Iraqi Shia militias.

But the Daesh are not sitting still either. Everyday more and more anti aircraft gun emplacements and other war materials are showing up in and around the city. They are taking this very seriously. They even are using their own children in the coming fight against Iran.

All under the age of ten, at latest count there are at least 400 of these  kids in the city. They have been trained and are carrying Ak-47s and rocket propelled grenade launchers which are too big and heavy for them to carry. They struggle with them. It would be a joke if using children in this manner weren’t so brutal.

Who says child soldiers are only in Africa?

Most Mosul citizens old enough to remember, fear a repeat of the last war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s and that it will be the same, horrible, brutalizing, agonizing war with millions of casualties on both sides. The difference now is that the Iranians are much better prepared and trained, and have a war machine which puts the 1980s to shame.

I fear the battle this time will be all one sided. Whatever Iran’s definition of victory in Iraq is, it most certainly does not hold well for the lives of millions of Sunnis caught in their web, at least 500,000 who are in Mosul alone.

All that is left for the people of Mosul is to get out if they can.

The constant fog of war lays like a blanket over the Iraqi landscape. About a week ago 472 people, mostly Jews, Yazidis and Christians were taken out of Iraq by the same people who provided the information for this report,  to safer surroundings inside the Kurdish territory. They were fired on by Kurdish forces.  The reasons for this are complicated. My sources tell me that the Kurds were notified of these people coming. They might not have believed them that these were all non sunni Muslims. There is no love lost between the Sunnis and the Kurds, as the Kurds believe that the Mosul population collaborated with Islamic State to take, hold, and keep the city.

No matter who you are, if you are in Mosul, you are in danger.

The Islamic state is also  making it harder for the people to leave for their own inhumane reasons. They have placed

This is the result of an IED. If it can do this to the road and to that military vehicle, just imagine what it will do to a car load of families escaping for their lives.

This is the result of an IED. If it can do this to the road and to that military vehicle, just imagine what it will do to a car load of families escaping for their lives.

IED’s all around the city, on the approaches and the secondary roads. Outside in the North east end of the city in the direction of the Kurdish homeland, more IEDs than normal obviously designed to stop the movement of civilians out of the city and into Kurdish territory.

The Islamic State has learned well from their brothers in the West Bank and Gaza. They know how important human shielding is to their battle plan. They want those people to stay.

What will be the result of an Iranian takeover of Mosul? It will be just one more step on their hegemonic drive to conquer the Middle East. Taking Mosul will put them in perfect position to strangle any non shi’ite population left in that part of Iraq and annex the entire state at best as an Iranian satellite and at worst, full annexation to the Iranian state and name it as another province of Iran.

There can be no winners in this fight. Islamic State might be pushed out, but  we are yielding to a much greater power with the same backward vision of a perfect world—the Islamic State of Iran. It is just going from a Sunni led monster to a Shia led monster—a much bigger monster.

Why is the civilized world allowing any of this to happen?

 

 

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