Media: IG used women snipers in the Western neighborhoods of Mosul
KUWAIT city, April 3. /Offset. TASS Pavel Prokofiev/. Grouping “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) has deployed squads of women-snipers against the Iraqi military in the Western part of Mosul.
This was reported by the TV channel As Sumaria, citing a source in law enforcement bodies of the province of Nineveh, which includes Mosul.
According to TV channel, “IG snipers took up positions on the roofs of buildings in the militant-controlled areas of Mosul and conduct aimed fire on positions of government forces”. Field command of the IG decided to connect women-gunmen after the “lost most of the snipers during the operation, Iraqi soldiers in Western Mosul,” the source says.
According to the latest data, under the control of the radicals remains about 30% of Western neighborhoods of Mosul. The militants are using civilians as “human shields” that hampers the movement of Iraqi forces in the old part of the city, where the historic mosque An-Nuri. There in the summer of 2014, the leader of the IG Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of a “Caliphate” in the occupied territories of Syria and Iraq, the Iraqi capital which was Mosul.
The ground phase of the campaign to regain control over Mosul began on 17 October last year. For five and a half months, the Iraqi ground forces, with the support of government aircraft and air force of the international coalition led by the U.S. managed to repel the terrorists East of Mosul and move into much of the Western neighborhoods.