US General: More Troops May Be Needed For ISIS Fight In Iraq
US General: More Troops May Be Needed For ISIS Fight In Iraq
Packed Iraq morgue reveals toll of Mosul conflict
15 April, 2017, 12:18
REUTERS/Zohra BensemraSmoke is seen rising after a rocket landed in the middle of the Iraqi rapid response forces' position during a battle against Islamic State militants in the south of Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 19, 2017.
"The Iraqi security forces retain control of both main routes west from Mosul, eliminating enemy freedom of movement", he added.
Iraqi forces have been making "incremental progress" in their fight to retake west Mosul as ISIS has increased its use of human shields in their last stand.
Dr. Modhar Alomary, who is in charge of the morgue, did not say how many bodies he had received in total.
It might seem that Alomary's workload would decrease once the battle for Mosul is over, but he expects the opposite.
This is when the task of uncovering mass graves where IS threw its opponents before executing them will begin.
One worker at the morgue knows the scale of Islamic State's two and half year killing spree better than most.
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"In many cases, militants are using the rooftops of residential homes as platforms from which to launch drones or deploy snipers", al-Zubaidi said.
Mosul west of the Tigris river is smaller but more densely populated, including the narrow streets of the old city.
A large morgue housing the latest casualties of the war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces has revealed a mass of bodies.
He called the civilians apostates who deserve to be killed.
Also in the day, the Iraqi military issued new instructions to the trapped families remaining in IS-held neighborhoods in order to avoid being caught in crossfire by spreading in separate buildings to avoid heavy casualties among innocent civilians when the troops advance to dislodge the extremist militants from their neighborhoods, the JOC said in another statement.
USA -backed Iraqi forces launched an offensive in February to liberate west Mosul from IS fighters who captured the city almost three years ago.
The bodies must also be dug up to get an official death certificate, which will enable victims' relatives to claim compensation from the government.
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