Islamic State (IS) is now using drones to wreak havoc amongst Iraqi soldiers in Mosul, Iraq according to a report by the Associated Press. Iraqi security forces first reported seeing IS drones in 2015, but the sightings have become more frequent in recent months. Investigators from the AP conducted a search of a warehouse in Mosul earlier this week and uncovered parts of drones, receipts of supplies purchased and reports on IS missions. Islamic State appears to have an open budget, spending thousands of dollars a month on drone materials according to the AP report. It has purchased drones from stores and advanced their technology to fit their requirements or even bought supplies to make their own.
People displaced by fighting between the Iraqi military and Islamic State militants pass through an alley in Gogjali, on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in Eastern Mosul a day earlier, after pushing on Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city. A woman carries white flags as she flees from a zone of conflict between the Iraqi military and Islamic State militants in Gogjali, on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, after pushing out Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city.
Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians have stalled an offensive to recapture a strategic town from ISIL with the military dropping pamphlets urging people to flee so a full assault can begin. Sabah al-Numan, a spokesman for Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces, said an operation was launched for the town of Heet - 140km west of Baghdad - on Thursday with heavy air strikes helping ground troops advance within 3km before being forced to stop. Heet lies along an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant supply line linking its fighters in Iraq to those in Syria. Numan said the military made "a plan to evacuate these families" and leaflets were dropped over Heet indicating which roads can be used to flee. The armed group has regularly used civilians as human shields - a tactic aimed at slowing the movement of Iraqi forces and complicating air strikes essential to ground operations.
BAGHDAD – U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, an Iraqi commander said, formally launching the final major battle of an eight-month campaign to drive the militants from Iraq's second largest city. The IS group captured Mosul when it swept across northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014. Iraq launched a massive operation to retake the city last October, and has driven the militants from all but a handful of neighborhoods. The extremists are expected to make their last stand in the Old City, a densely populated quarter with narrow, winding alleys. Iraqi security forces advance during fighting against Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
BAGHDAD – Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, losing some ground in counterattacks after pushing out Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city. Islamic State group fighters launched counterattacks in the thin strip of territory Iraqi special forces have recaptured, emerging from populated areas deeper in the city to target the troops with mortars and suicide car bombs. The extremists also attacked farther into territory Iraqi forces claim to control, pushing back some gains along the southern edge of the Gogjali district that Iraqi forces declared "liberated" on Wednesday. Fighting continued in the morning, with both sides firing mortars and automatic weapons on each other's positions, while the Iraqi troops also responded with artillery. Clashes were most intense in the al-Bakr neighborhood.