Islamic State Car Bomb Targets Iraqi Forces in Eastern Mosul
With poor weather conditions bringing Iraqi forces in Mosul to a virtual halt in recent days, Islamic State fighters have attempted a number of attacks in the area, including a December 21 car bombing in the city’s al-Intisar area.
The Iraqi military has yet to comment on the incident, which Amaq News claimed killed 14 Iraqi soldiers. This video footage shows a car bomb, allegedly driven by local IS fighter Abu Saifullah al-Shishani, before it is blown up in the distance. The al-Intisar area, captured by Iraqi forces in November, has witnessed a large number of IS attacks on both Iraqi forces and nearby civilians, including <a href="https://twitter.com/710_saly/status/811236275940446208" target="_blank">mortar and artillery fire</a>, as well as a number of suicide bombings.
As Iraqi forces prepare to revamp operations in eastern Mosul due to increasingly favorable weather, Iraqi media <a href="https://www.akhbar24.news/today/752363.html" target="_blank">reports</a> said IS fighters have laid a large number of IEDs throughout the streets of eastern Mosul, booby-trapped a large number of houses, and erected additional sniper positions in a number of high-rise buildings.
Thus far, Iraq’s Golden Division, the special forces leading the charge in Mosul, have reported a <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/iraq-army-mosul-isis-214531" target="_blank">50 percent casualty rate</a> in the offensive due to the scale and scope of IS guerrilla tactics inside the city.