IBTimes: How ISIS Prepares For War: In Mosul, Islamic State Has A Moat, Bombs, Exploding Oil Trucks And Other Tricks To Stop Iraqi Military
The Islamic State group is protecting its largest territory by building a moat around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The construction plan comes as President Barack Obama and foreign leaders have vowed to take back the largest city in the militant group's so-called caliphate.
ISIS also plans to build tunnels across the city to block government troops, set out explosives and shut down certain neighborhoods to further bolster its security. Oil tanks are being positioned along the city's border to create a circle of fire should troops reach Mosul, Reuters reported Wednesday.
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More News On The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul
ISIS Builds Wall Of Oil Tankers To Stand Against Iraqi/US Force -- OilPrice.com
Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul -- Reuters
Iraq: Forces push IS militants from key northern town -- AP
Islamic State Driven From Strategic Town of Shirqat, Iraqi Military Says -- WSJ
Iraqi troops advance on key town south of Mosul -- Threat Matrix
Isis cracks down on civilians in Mosul over rebellion fears ahead of Iraqi army offensive -- The Independent
Iraqi forces ready by 'early October' for Mosul assault: top US officer -- AFP
Mosul: Iraq's second city, key to IS group -- AFP
British defense minister discussed looming Mosul operation during Erbil visit -- RUDAW
Push for Iraq's Mosul faces myriad challenges -- AFP
EXCLUSIVE: ISIS ‘Will Fight to the Death’ for Mosul, Says Top Peshmerga General -- Defense One
Iraqi Prime Minister optimistic about Mosul liberation -- CNN