Internal Division Surfaces Among Isis In Final Stage Of Mosul Liberation
Internal divisions among Islamic State (ISIS) fighters has led to the destruction of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque as their continuous failures frustrate the extremists, according to an Iraqi analyst.
The mosque was once significant to the extremists group, as its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced the establishment of ISIS on June 10, 2014 from the landmark; however ISIS bombed it themselves on Wednesday evening.
Sources show that internal divisions among ISIS militants are starting to break down the terrorist group, said Saeed al-Jayashi, a security analyst, during an exclusive interview with China Central Television (CCTV).
"[The destruction of the mosque] means that new situations have developed there. The continuous battle has led to the psychological breakdown of the Daesh [ISIS] in Mosul's Old City. Some of the residents who had escaped earlier, said some extremists surrendered due to the internal chaos and mistrust, and divisions have surfaced among the Daesh," said Saeed.
The Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) have now entered Mosul's Old City area after sealing it off, to move into the final stages of the battle to reclaim the war-torn city.
Mosul’s historical Old City is an area where streets can become too narrow for cars to pass. So troops have conducted an offensive into the area from all directions, the analyst stressed.
"Our current battle area is about 1.7 kilometers in length and 1.4 kilometers in width, less than four square kilometers. All our military forces, including the armed forces, police and anti-terrorism troops are gathered here. The Daesh as well as the trapped residents are here; and the former is not able to deal with the routes we've opened as they are in multiple directions. So the troops are combating against the Daesh by making sudden attacks from all directions, but not advancing in a single route," he said.
Though the recapture pf the city is about to be completed, Iraq will not hurry on that, nor set a time limit to conclude the liberation of Mosul, emphasized Saeed.
"Many factors can affect the real combat. I think the final victory goal is to eliminate all the extremists. So it is not important to spend more hours or days as time is not a problem," he noted.
The safety of citizens and those who are involved in the battle is of utmost importance, along with looking into guaranteeing lesser number of casualties, Saeed added.
"Many factors can affect the real combat. I think the final goal of victory in this battle will be to eliminate all the extremists. So it is not important to spend some more hours or days as time is not a problem. The safety of citizens and our battlers, and to guarantee the least casualties are the fundamental aspects as we talk about the victory of the combat," noted Saeed.