It is likely that part of the claimed U.S. aircraft “destroyed targets”, these are the wooden models. In addition to mines and suicide bombers, the big problem are the numerous DAESH tunnels under the earth, that they use to move their assault groups and supply front-line units with ammunition . The city set up a mobile anti-tank group on the trucks, which, at the request move to threatened sectors where there are attempts columns of tanks and armored fighting vehicles to move through urban development and provide a saturation of the battle formations with anti-tank weapons (“Cornet”, TOW, RPG).
On November 8, continuing intense fighting in the Eastern outskirts of Mosul. From the North coming to the city the Kurds, from the South 2 Iraqi brigades moving slowly. The sweep of the city clearly tightened. In the southern neighborhoods as a result of mass burning pits of oil, the air on a number of messages so polluted that even the militants themselves were forced to leave a number of checkpoints, because without masks the fighting became difficult.
The advance into Mosul in the North and the South still lags far behind the scheduled pace, resulting in the assault of the city actually occurs in the forehead with one direction, hence the very modest results. The Kurds are not particularly in a hurry, avoiding excessive losses that quickly enough, met the Iraqi army, when in the street fighting clashed with the Caliphate. The Iraqis are slowly but surely approaching from the South, gradually occupying the cities and towns along the Tigris.
On November 4 several new neighborhoods in southeast Mosul were entered. The towns and eastern Mosul neighborhoods of Tahrir, Zahara, Malaeen, Samah, Khazraa, Karakul, Quds, and Karama were all attacked. Forces had to withdraw from Karama after heavy resistance by the Islamic State. There was on going fighting in Intisar as well that was entered yesterday. The Golden Division later claimed that Aden, Samah, Karkukli, Khadra, Ikhaa, Quds, Malaeen and the town of Gogjali were freed, although a resident told Reuters that one of those was still contested.
Apparently, the original plans of the storming of Mosul was linked to backroom agreements with the leadership of “DAESH” that was either a mutiny or retreat from Mosul to Syria. The plot backfired – conspirators were caught and executed, and the Caliphate has launched a campaign of terrorism in the controlled territories with the aim to suppress even potential unrest in its parts and in the occupied territories. At the same time, from 2 to 3 thousand fighters have been taken out of Eastern Syria and transferred under Mosul. Here, as in the old proverb “do not dig a hole for another or you will fall into it yourself”.
The joint Iraqi forces were pushing in on Mosul from all sides on October 30. The Hashd who are now moving from the south towards Tal Afar west of Mosul made some more conspiratorial accusations against the U.S., while threatening to go to Syria after Mosul was liberated.
Iraqi troops entered the Karama district of the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on Monday, their first advance into the city itself after two weeks of fighting in the surrounding area to dislodge the militants, an officer said.
“They have entered Mosul,” General Wissam Araji of the U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service told Reuters. “They are fighting now in Hay (disrict) al-Karama.”