Michael Gordon, New York Times: On the Mosul Front, a Brutal Battle Against ISIS and Time
Mr. Gordon, a military correspondent for The Times, is working with the Iraqi reporter Kamil Kakol on the front lines in Iraq.
Clambering onto a rooftop with a small group of soldiers from Iraq’s counterterrorism service, we scanned the Islamic State’s stronghold in western Mosul as one of its armored car bombs maneuvered toward the front line.
Within minutes, there was an enormous explosion — a shoot of red flame and a funnel of black smoke that reached into the sky.
This time, at least, there were no friendly casualties. The Iraqi troops who were clawing their way forward in the streets below had piled enough debris ahead of them that the suicide driver was stopped short of his target. All over the city, you can see that kind of wreckage and ad hoc barriers, put up by both sides.
Read more ....
WNU Editor: If this report is true, the battle for Mosul has been very bloody .... Mosul Op: 8,000 Iraq troops killed as Daesh make propaganda gains (MEMO), and revenge killings are becoming commonplace .... Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict (IRIN News).