After losing many of its men in the fight for Mosul, the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group started to use women to defend its last holdouts in Iraq’s second largest city, military sources reported on Sunday.
“In a bid to impede the Iraqi forces’ progress, Daesh terrorists began to spread snipers in the old city of Mosul, beside using suicide bombers and car bomb attacks,” the Iraqi general command said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Clashes have intensified between the US-backed Iraqi forces and ISIS militants in the vicinity of the old city of Mosul over the past few days. Both sides are locked in fierce clashes in the neighbourhoods of the medical city and al-Seha.
Major General Ma’en al-Saadi, chief of the Iraqi second anti-terrorism special operations, confirmed that ISIS is now using women to protect its final holdouts in Mosul.
“After having lost many of its men, ISIS began to use women in the fight,” he said.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
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