Smoke rises in the aftermath of clashes with Islamic State militants on the southeast of Mosul, Iraq, Aug. 14, 2016.
VOA: IS Plans Widespread Destruction in Mosul as Conditions Worsen for Residents
Kurdish officials say Islamic State militants are planning to meet a liberation offensive in Mosul with mass killings and widespread destruction of the historic Iraqi city.
IS fighters have been instructed to wreak as much destruction as they can, if they’re unable to hold the city against Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga militiamen, according to Saeed Mamuzini, an official with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Iraqi Kurdistan’s ruling party.
In an interview in Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, with Rudaw television, Mamuzini said the terror group has been preparing for the long-anticipated offensive on Mosul, which could start possibly this month. Mosul is the last major stronghold of the terror group in the country.
“IS is prepared to fight and they have new tactics of war. For example, they have built tunnels inside Mosul,” he said.
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