- Title: Islamic State uses drones to attack Iraqi army in Mosul - military
- Date: 25th November 2016
- Summary: ZAHRAA NEIGHBOURHOOD, EAST OF MOSUL, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 24, 2016) (REUTERS) BLACK-COLOURED HUMVEES OF COUNTER-TERRORISM SERVICE (CTS) DRIVING UP TO HOUSE USED AS MAKESHIFT HEADQUARTERS OF CTS FORCES AT CAPTURED NEIGHBOURHOOD OF ZAHRAA CTS MEMBERS UNLOADING ISLAMIC STATE DRONES FROM HUMVEE MORE OF CTS TROOPS UNLOADING DRONES FROM VEHICLE CTS MEMBER INSPECTING DRONE CTS MEMBERS CARRYING DRONES INTO HOUSE WHERE FORCES USED AS HEADQUARTERS DRONES IN VEHICLE CTS MEMBERS STANDING NEAR DRONES IN HOUSE DRONE CTS MEMBER INSPECTING CABLES ATTACHED TO DRONE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CTS LIEUTENANT GENERAL ABDUL WAHAB AL-SAIDI, SAYING: "These drones were found in one of the houses. Daesh (Islamic State) uses drones for surveillance and sometimes booby-trapped them and uses to target commanders or headquarters." ZAHRAA NEIGHBOURHOOD CTS MEMBERS NEAR SEIZED DRONES CTS MEMBER INSPECTING DRONE
- Embargoed: 10th December 2016 06:19
- Location: ZAHRA NEIGHBOURHOOD, EAST OF MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: ZAHRA NEIGHBOURHOOD, EAST OF MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00159XYLVR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Islamic State has been using drones to attack Iraqi troops advancing in the northern city of Mosul, the militant group's last major urban stronghold in the country, the military said on Thursday.
Iraqi forces, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition, launched an offensive on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul in the most complex campaign in Iraq since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Troops have been fighting inside eastern Mosul since the start of the month.
Army officers showed journalists several drones looking like model aircraft which they said the group had built to scout out targets or launch attacks.
"These drones were found in one of the houses (retaken by the army)," Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi of Iraq's U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service told reporters at a military headquarters in a Mosul suburb.
"Daesh uses drones for surveillance and sometimes it attaches explosives to them and uses to target commanders or headquarters," he said, using a derogatory name for Islamic State. He did not say whether the drone attacks had been successful.
Another officer said the drones had a range of one-and-a-half miles.
The Iraqi military estimates there are 5,000 to 6,000 insurgents in Mosul facing a 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government units, Kurdish peshmerga and Shi'ite militias.
Iraqi troops have faced fierce resistance from militants in the city who are moving around the city through tunnels, driving suicide car bombs into advancing soldiers and hitting them with sniper and mortar fire.
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