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Why US-Led coalition may end up in a terrorist trap after Mosul liberation



The liberation of former ISIS stronghold Mosul has not yet brought the war against terrorism to a halt, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes, warning that Washington is about to fall into the same trap it had found itself in following the Iraqi war of 2003.

The recapture of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul doesn’t mean the end of the war against Daesh (Islamic State, ISIS/ISIL) but its transformation into yet another phase, analysts say.
On July 9, the Iraqi Armed Forces raised their national flag on the banks of the Tigris River in the historical part of Mosul proclaiming the liberation of the city.

The operation aimed at retaking the city from Daesh was kicked off in October 2016 by the Iraqi troops backed by the US-led international coalition. The eastern part of the city was liberated in January.

The city fell under the control of terrorists in 2014 and had been the de facto Daesh key stronghold in Iraq for three years.However, the situation is not as easy as it seems.

“The situation in Mosul is more complicated, if compared to that in Aleppo after its liberation,” Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes in his recent op-ed for RIA Novosti.

“The seizure of the city by Daesh three years ago became possible due to the high solidarity of the population with the hordes of al-Baghdadi,” Eskin noted.

“As you know, the Americans disbanded Saddam Hussein’s army in Iraq, which relied mainly on the Sunnis. Being left out in the cold the Sunni military became easy prey for radical movements. Some of them ended up among Daesh [fighters] and captured Mosul.”

Eskin wrote that contrary to popular belief, Mosul residents didn’t actually resist al-Baghdadi with its supporters: many of them saw the emergence of Daesh as retaliation to the US-backed Shiite rulers.

The Americans have not yet understood what awaits them in the near future, according to the Israeli analyst.

“The level of antagonism of Aleppo inhabitants towards the Syrian troops was significantly lower than that of Mosul [residents] towards Iraqi soldiers, Iranian military and Shiite militias,” he noted.

“Many Daesh fighters scattered around the city and are temporarily living a peaceful life. But we can say with confidence that soon they will come out and conduct bold terrorist attacks against the Americans and Iranians,” he warned.

Eskin stressed that the Americans are walking into the same trap by not making efforts to tackle the problem comprehensively.

According to the Israeli analyst, it is time for the US to team up with Russia to solve the Daesh problem through joint counterterrorism actions both in the Middle East and North Africa.


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ISIS fighter’s own head-cam films the dramatic moment he is blown to pieces



Three ISIS jihadis filmed themselves being blown up by a Syrian tank. One fighter’s headcam caught the moment a round struck their armoured vehicle, ending their lives.

One fighter shouts: ‘Tank on the right side’, while another yells: ‘The tank, the tank, the tank is over there, over there, over there.’

As they lose sight of the tank, one fighter asks where it is before another jihadi replies: ‘Over there, the tank will bomb us.’ The fighters desperately plea for anti-tank units, shouting ‘follow us, follow us’ as one mans the gun on the top of the car.

There is then an enormous explosion as the jihadis get hit and wiped out.

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Russian Airstrikes Destroy Nusra Front Attacking Military Police in Idlib



The Russian Defense Ministry has released a video of Russian airstrikes that helped to check the US-initiated offensive by al-Nusra terrorists in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone and break the militants’ siege of a Russian military police unit encircled in the area.

The footage shows armed vehicles being ripped apart by missiles raining down on them by Russian strike fighters and helicopter gunships just as the Syrian Army launched a massive counterattack forcing the jihadists into a retreat.

The al-Nusra Front terrorists used artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles during their offensive to the north and northeast of the city of Hama in the Idlib de-escalation zone penetrating Syrian army defenses to a depth of some 12 kilometers (8 miles).

A statement by the Russian General Staff said that the militants’ attack was “initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor.”
The Americans deny the charges.

A 29-person strong Russian military police unit was encircled and repelled the terrorists’ attacks for several hours fighting alongside members of an allied local tribe until Russian Spetsnaz and Syrian Special Ops units, backed by the Su-25 strike fighters, came to the rescue breaking the enemy siege.

The terrorist offensive has largely been stopped, leaving 850 militants dead and 11 tanks, four armored vehicles and other military hardware completely destroyed.

The Syrian Army, supported by Russian warplanes, launched a counterattack and has almost completely reclaimed its positions in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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