In support of the Iraqi armies advance on Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities and the last ISIS domain in the country, more airstrikes are being ordered on ISIS facilities, personnel and infrastructure since the operation started on October 16.
The clip below, taken on October 27, shows an airstrike wiping out a facility known for making the weapon that ISIS is best known for: vehicle-borne improvised explosive devises, or VBIEDs.
The good news is Iraqi forces and their partners fighting beside them have made considerable progress in the fight to take back Mosul. However, ISIS has responded with heavy use of their famed car bomb weapon.
Only about a week after the October 27 strike shown above, another VBIED facility was taken out just outside of Mosul. During a fight in November, ISIS deployed more than 10 suicide bombs against Iraqi troops. U.S. military reported hitting at least 3 VBIEDs on November 16.
All the fighting going on in and around Mosul poses big risks to all the civilians in the area. UN officials have stated, “We are very worried that more and more civilians will be hurt and victimized as the campaign intensifies,” said Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.