Though the mainstream media don’t spend much time talking about it, the battle to retake Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, from the clutches of the Islamic State group rages on.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, a number of airstrikes have been carried out recently by coalition forces which have had a truly devastating effect on the battle readiness and capabilities of the militant Islamist force that has holed up in the massive city.
On Jan. 12, a pair of Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter-bomber jets released their payloads on top of a building suspected of being an Islamic State group factory that was constructing and operating small armed drones utilized to harass coalition forces and civilians alike.
With an unmanned Reaper drone looking on with it’s unblinking camera, the two jets dropped a pair of Paveway IV guided bombs on the building that also housed weapons and other materials of war, with explosive results that can be seen right here:
The U.K.’s The Sun relayed a statement released by the British Ministry of Defense that used an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group to report: “During the battle for Mosul, small armed remotely piloted aerial vehicles with grenades have been used by Daesh a number of times to harass Iraqi troops, with reports suggesting they have also been used to target civilian refugees.
“A building in the southern area of central Mosul was identified as being used as a base for these drones and their operators. A pair of Royal Air Force Typhoons targeted the site, demolishing the building with two Paveway IV guided bombs.”
The Sun noted that armed Reaper drones had also carried out strikes in the city on the same day, taking out three separate Islamic State group positions that were slowing coalition progress in reclaiming the city.
Similar aircraft conducted similar airstrikes the following day, taking out what appeared to be a “heavy rocket” that was being loaded into a vehicle. A Hellfire missile put a quick end to any further movement for that particular weapon and transport vehicle.
Though progress may be slow, and indeed the fight to take Mosul will be prolonged and quite bloody, gains are nevertheless being made, and all estimations are that the Islamic State group will be fully driven from the city, if not Iraq entirely, by the end of the year.
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