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ISIS is facing a ‘state of collapse’ in its largest city

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As the great powers jam the door of Mosul for the last big battle, many of the Islamic State terrorists themselves cannot wait to get out of town.

“Mosul on Thursday looked empty and the terrorists demoralized, as hundreds of terrorists fled from Shirqat after its liberation on Thursday,” according to the Iraqi Christian news site Karemlash. Nearly all ISIS cadres in the Tigris River city of Hamam al-Ali, 20 miles south of Mosul, have fled with their families on desert highways heading to Turkey, the site reported, adding that ISIS preachers had closed many of the mosques or left clerics from other countries in charge of them.

“News of the capture of Shirqat was greeted with joy by many Mosul residents who took it as a sign that their freedom from Daesh rule is nearing, according to local sources in the city,” Daesh Daily, a war digest, reported Friday using the Arabic term for ISIS. “Daesh rule is facing a ‘state of collapse’ in Mosul, sources said, which would be intensified by the news of Daesh’s loss of Shirqat.”

Meanwhile, France dispatched its carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, on Monday so that its aircraft can join the air bombardment of ISIS in a few weeks. The US Army on Tuesday asked congressional authorization to send 500 more US troops to support the Mosul liberation, which US authorities say will need at least 24,000 trained, well equipped Iraqi soldiers. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, and Italy are giving air assets, hardware, and advisers for the campaign.

ISIS’ losses on the ground in Nineveh Province as a result of bombardment and fire fights have been heavy the last two days. The Ninewa Operations Command reported Thursday that coalition warplanes killed 160 ISIS fighters and destroyed large numbers of vehicles and machinery in Safina, a district south of Mosul, according to Daesh Daily.

Counterattacks against Iraqi forces at the Qayara airfield were repelled with many ISIS personnel killed, according to Iraqi media and cited by Daesh Daily. More than 40 ISIS terrorists were killed in an unsuccessful counterattack on troops of the Iraqi 71st in the Qayara area, a Ninewa Operations source said, adding that it suffered no casualties in the attack.

Another 30 ISIS fighters were killed by coalition airstrikes as they attempted to attack Iraqi army troops north of Qayara, a Ninewa Operations source said, and local sources reported seeing the bodies of several terrorists floating in the Tigris River after the attack.

Despite the losses and the reports of disarray in Mosul itself, some military experts and humanitarian aid officials suggest a costly, protracted battle is ahead that neither Washington nor Baghdad are prepared for.

Approximately 20,000 terrorists are in Mosul and preparing for an assault, according to Kurdish Brig. Gen. Bahram Yassin, in an interview with Dan Davis, a retired US Army officer writing for Politico. That number would be close to twice the number of ISIS cadres that defended Fallujah in May, when more than 85,000 residents were expelled into the desert heat as a result of fighting in early June.

After the Fallujah liberation the Iraqi army discovered numerous tunnels crisscrossing the Fallujah district, some as many as 8 km long. Mosul has many tunnels as well, in addition to improvised explosives and booby traps that would stall the advance into the city, resulting in house-to-house fighting and massive civilian deaths.

apache helicopter ah-64 iraq mosul A US Army Apache flies over the desert near Mosul. US Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson

The chief challenge at this juncture is the complexity of the coalition of Iraqi Security, Peshmerga, and Shia Popular Mobilization forces, and Tribal Fighters with no effective central command, Davis wrote. “The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are not strong enough to capture the city on their own and are dependent on other armed formations. Moreover, they do not have command authority over even the forces operating within their borders.”

Iraqi military leaders have promised that the combined military operation against Mosul will start by Oct. 15, but the central, unified command structure has yet to be seen.

Some optimist battle scenarios envision an insurrection immobilizing ISIS within the city limits. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi publicly called for residents to rise up four days ago, and for months Iraqi media has reported citizen assassinations of ISIS clerics, officials, and police. Former Nineveh Gov. Atheel Nujaifi said in May that a force of 1,000 resistance fighters is in the city already, many of them former Mosul policemen.

Resistance of the citizenry has been reported by the Iraqi military, which has dropped millions of leaflets to all neighborhoods in the city advising residents to keep far away from ISIS military facilities and to call one specified number to give the Iraqi army tips on ISIS movements.

Despite scores of beheadings and grisly executions of citizens accused of using cell phones and computers during the last two months, Iraqi authorities report that hundreds of calls come in every day and Iraqi newspapers run stories daily with details of executions given by “local sources” in the city.

If ISIS command and control forces continue to degrade, and if the insurrection bubbles up with force in coming weeks, the major portion of the population might be able to shelter in place, as was the case in Shirqat this week.

“Daesh is vacating its local command centers in Mosul as well as emptying its weapons and explosives from the churches it had been using as storehouses, according to local sources who said that Daesh feared Mosul residents would reveal their locations and the Daesh sites would become targets for coalition airstrikes,” Ali Sada reported in Daesh Daily on Friday.

“Daesh members are in a state of fear, fearing revenge by residents with the advance of Iraqi troops as well as a potential uprising in Mosul against Daesh rule,” according to Sada.

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24 Comments on "ISIS is facing a ‘state of collapse’ in its largest city"

  1. Survivalist on Wed, 28th Sep 2016 5:06 pm 

    Considering that ISIS is a crisis cult born from the collapse of the contemporary pre 2003 Sunni-Iraqi society one wonders what crisis cult will be born from the collapse of ISIS. Interesting times!

  2. Rick Bronson on Wed, 28th Sep 2016 6:18 pm 

    Sooner they kill the ISIS leaders, better it is for their life.

    Prolonging the battle will endanger the life of many civilians.

  3. rockman on Wed, 28th Sep 2016 6:56 pm 

    Not an expert on ISIS but I suspect there’s no Patton or Eisenhower to take out. LOL. It seems behind every terrtorist “leader” there’s a rerplacerment ready to move up a notch. All ISIS has done is interject some conventional tactical dynamics into what will likely continue as asymmetric warfare. Warfare that will be aided by the monies earned stealing Iraq oil. And that added to what gravitas they’ve earned in the disgruntled Muslim world by at least TEMPORARILY invading and holding a significant portion of a sovereign country. And stealing $millions in the process.

    The “war” with ISIS is very far from over IMHO even if in the future they don’t occupy a square foot of Iraq or Syria. The worst possibility: once they lose ops in those two countries they may increase focus on more distant targets.

  4. GregT on Wed, 28th Sep 2016 8:01 pm 

    ISIS is the direct result of the deliberate invasion, occupation, and destabilization of Iraq, that was sold entirely on false pretences.

  5. Anonymous on Wed, 28th Sep 2016 9:33 pm 

    Thats right rock. There’s almost always a replacement, somewhere. US and Mossad training facilities in Turkey, Jordan, Israel, ‘Saudi’ arabia of course, are always churning out replacements for USlamic state proxies lost in battle. Yes, the uS and its ‘USUS’ mercenaries are on the ropes atm(not because of anything ‘amerika’ and its ISIS enabling ‘coalition’ have done of course, but, the uS and friends always seem to manage to find new recruits to fill the ranks, somehow. Chechens, saudi army regulars disguised as ‘ISIS’, turks etc.

  6. Boat on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 12:03 am 


    So according to the Anonymous the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, and Italy aka the US supply replacements for ISIS just to kill them. Did I misread that?

  7. GregT on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 2:15 am 

    “Did I misread that?”

    As per usual Kevin, not a clue.

  8. onlooker on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 2:31 am 

    Nice to see your back Greg. Who yeah the world now seems divided between those who know ISIS is a front for the US and those who live in their fantasy land of good guy vs Terrorist

  9. Cloggie on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 8:17 am 

    Who is behind the “Free Bacon”, the publisher of this article?

    Chief editor, a Michael *Goldfarb*:

    In other words a neocohn publication, pursuing the interests of the US global empire (not going to happen, ask ghung or Brzezinski).

    Summarizing history in the ME:

    The PNAC folks, the one Goldfarb still loves, decided that the ME needed to be redesigned, first to eliminate all the enemies of Israel and second to advance the interests of the US global empire. that boiled down change the status of oil producer Iraq into that of KSA: a meek loyal colony of Washington.

    In order to create the pretext, the PNAC folks in 1999 had a phone call with the PM of Israel and commander of the Mossad to pull off a stunt and telecrash a few planes into high-rise buildings on 9/11 to create the terror meme and pretext to invade any country at will. In the core PNAC document you could find references to the “New Pearl Harbor”, to create the necessary public support for the enterprise, just like the first Pearl Harbor was intentionally provoked in order to get the US public angry, overcome isolationist tendencies and get the US into war with Japan and via the Axis alliance with Germany, the main target.

    The Israelis carried out the brazen attack three months before the entire world began public discussions on boards like this one, but I digress.

    After 9/11 invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq followed. Now more than a decade later, Iraq was added to the sphere of influence of Iran rather than that of the US and Afghanistan is still a mess and as soon as the West leaves, the country will fall in the hands of he Jihadis again.

    By 2011, the same Zionist Jihadis who had organized 9/11, Afghanistan and Eyeraq, decided that it was time to mess things up in Syria. Why? Because Syria was not yet a meek member of the US empire and at the same time three countries that were already apparent members of the US empire: Turkey, KSA and Qatar, were keen on doing the dirty work for the US. The US would deliver all the necessary hardware, like white Toyota’s, which would be distributed to rent-a-terrorist via the vassals mentioned, recruited from global Jihadistan.

    Yes, moderate local Islamists do exist, but the brunt of the force are foreigners. For instance the current “Caliph” al-Baghdadi is born in Iraq, not in Syria:

    But his backers like John McCain couldn’t be bothered by these details, Assad needed to be smashed:

    The kosher mob in NYC can’t afford to admit these ties and denies them:

    They want to hide US involvement in Syria and responsibility for the slaughter of 500k and counting.

    [part 1]

  10. Cloggie on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 8:18 am 

    But the US made a mistake again. In Iraq they thought they could introduce democracy but the only end result was that the largest tribe in Iraq, the Shia, rose to power via the ballot box, something KSA had always been afraid of in advance. Iraq can’t exist without a dictator to keep the three tribes together. Remove the dictator, blow up the country. That’s what happened.

    Syria same story. Democracy only works in meek secular industrialized Christian white countries, as a mechanism to transfer wealth from the haves to the haves-less and as such buy social peace. But the rest of the world is tribal (“racist”) and couldn’t care less about demockressy. What the US overlooked in Syria were the motivations of the ostensible “meek members of the US empire” Turkey, KSA and Qatar. KSA had been busy for decades to spend oil wealth on subsidizing the global Jihad. KSA couldn’t care less about western values, they were just biding their time. Turkey, officially the secular champ of Islam, had under Erdogan quietly begun to mimic Iran and change course towards the Sunni flavor of fundamentalism. Both Turkey and KSA understood that the regime change motivations of the kosher mob in Washington could be exploited to their own advantage and add a Sharia run Syria to their sphere of influence in the ME, compensating for the loss of rump-Iraq to Iran and restore the Ottoman empire. The end goal of Erdogan and fully supported by the elite of KSA, is to become the leader of global Islam with KSA as the finance minister:

    …and give the finger to the West and tell them to leave the ME.

    The Goldfarb’s of this world understood that too late, if they have understood it all, blinded as they are by their lust for power and intention to ram the entire world into a powerstructure owned by them, the Self-Chosen.

    OK, this is the background of what is happening in the ME today. If you want to understand the future, read Samuel Huntington, not the kosher Trotsky or Leo Straus follow-up, still the heroes of the neocohns and Washington today:

    We are not heading for a world run by George Soros types…
    (missing items are Russia and China, still on the todo list of Washington)

    …but for a world divided into “identitarian spheres of influence”. Islam is back, Christianity is back in Russia, China wants to “de-Americanize the world” and the European right is done with America as well and America itself is divided to the core. You can’t build a global empire with lefties like apneaman, boat and ghung types. In short, we are going to have a multi-polar world, something like this:

    (Should have added India and Japan to the map, other important “sources of identity”). That “end of progress” and reorientation towards identity and tradition fits hand-in-glove with the rise of phenomena of “peak oil” (whatever the timing). If the world runs out of resources that enabled the rush towards wealth and progress, not much is left other than praying.

    [part 2]

  11. Cloggie on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 8:18 am 

    Back on topic: Mosul.

    Baghdad isn’t really interested in retaking it and has more or less accepted the break-up of the country in three parts and is more concerned with keeping the Sunni’s at bay.
    The real significance of Mosul is its location in a country that doesn’t exist: Kurdistan. If you ask maximalist Kurdish nationalists what the borders are you get this grand scheme:

    Kurdistan is obviously a pain in the a** of the Turks because an independent Kurdistan would came at the cost of Turkey. So it is no surprise that Turkey insists that it wants to be military involved in a possible retaking of Mosul:

    If it were up to the Turks, IS would keep Mosul. The US isn’t in a hurry with driving IS out of Mosul either, as it sees IS still as the first trump card of keeping Assad from taking all of Syria back. Best proof of that is the recent attack of Deir Azzor, sold to the global public as a “mistake”, but it wasn’t. The trouble for the Turks is that the Americans have preference for the Kurds. The Kurds are still the closest to secular commies you can find in the ME, exactly the vassals the US likes best. On top of that, the US likely backed the recent anti-Erdogan coup, which caused Erdogan’s blitz visit to Moscow. The US hates Muslim fundamentalism as the latter resists integration into the NWO. The secret agenda of the Muslims is a global Caliphate based on the Sharia, which of course opposes the agenda of Washington, which is political correctness aka the Jewish Sharia, based on universal human rights, totalitarian egalitarialism (whites, blacks, wimmin, heaumeau’s, Christians, Muslims, tulip bulbs, all equal, with the Jews a little bit more equal), holocaust belief and the acceptance of the Jews as Gods Chosen people, destined to rule over the Goyim, that’s you dear reader.

    What’s the agenda of Washington in the ME now that the overthrow of Assad isn’t going to happen any-time soon, thanks to Vlad?
    Perhaps there is no agenda anymore since everything failed, but Washington is not ready to admit that. Iraq & Afghanistan not really vassals, Iran taking over rump-Iraq, Erdogan and his wannabee neo-Ottoman empire, Assad staying alive politically, Taliban remaining an important factor in Afghanistan. The agenda is damage control, plan B. And plan B is the partition of Syria. Assad can’t be defeated, so he is going to keep all the big cities in the West, but the rest of Syria as well as Western Iraq will be part of a new Sunni state, backed by Turkey and KSA and Qatar.

    Foreign Poplicy, like all US political magazines, is run by a political hack named David *Rothkopf* and obviously yet another member of the US polit sanhedrin, says that there is nothing else left:

    The US and Turkey are still on the same side in Syria in their mutual desire to create a safe-haven for Jihadis against Russian and Syrian bombs, by letting the Turks move into Syria under the pretext “to fight IS” hahaha:

    [part 3 – last]

  12. onlooker on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 8:48 am 

    “In Iraq they thought they could introduce democracy” Cloggie that statement is so wrong on so many levels that I am unsure where to start. No empire including the US and the west has ever been about establishing any Democracy in any vassal colony area or area of interest to them. They are only interested in compliant vassal States which means States that do not protect any rights for the native people but simply allow the Empires and such to exploit them and loot them. Also, the whole War on Terrorism is being used as a front to DESTABILIZE the Middle East via mercenary force like ISIS and thus gain foothold and political, economic, military and other type leverage there. Any Democracy there is anathema to Western interests.

  13. Cloggie on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 9:00 am 

    They DID introduce democracy in Iraq as they said they would:

    But if they had used their brains or would have listened to the KSA elite, they would have known in advance what the outcome would have been, namely handing over Iraq to the Shia, they would not have introduced democracy.

    It was a pure error of judgement and projection of their own anti-tribal/anti-racist mind set on a society that is essentially tribal.

  14. Cloggie on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 10:30 am – Israeli think tank: “don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a “useful tool” against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria”

    Brutally honest, these Israelis, who say what the US, Turkey and KSA are thinking.

    And the War on Terror? That’s for the boobs who need a story, a justification for the meddling in the ME.

    Like boat, who has great trouble making sense of it all:

    So according to the Anonymous the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, and Italy aka the US supply replacements for ISIS just to kill them. Did I misread that?

    That’s right boat. IS is a tool created and kept alive by the US. But since the IS Paris and Brussels mega-attacks they no longer can admit that.

  15. GregT on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 12:06 pm 

    “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
    The Infamous “Oded Yinon Plan”. Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky


    “The Western front, which on the surface appears more problematic, is in fact less complicated than the Eastern front, in which most of the events that make the headlines have been taking place recently. Lebanon’s total dissolution into five provinces serves as a precendent for the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula and is already following that track. The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unqiue areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.


    “Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to organize a struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon. In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi’ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north. It is possible that the present Iranian-Iraqi confrontation will deepen this polarization.”

    Israel Shahak

    June 17, 1982 Jerusalem

    About the Translator

    Israel Shahak is a professor of organic chemistly at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights. He published The Shahak Papers, collections of key articles from the Hebrew press, and is the author of numerous articles and books, among them Non-Jew in the Jewish State. His latest book is Israel’s Global Role: Weapons for Repression, published by the AAUG in 1982. Israel Shahak: (1933-2001)

  16. Anonymous on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 3:09 pm 

    RoFL @ our village idiot, boat. boatie, if the US, or its wannabes, ever killed any of its USlamic state friends on the ground, it would either have been

    A) A mistake
    B) A staged propaganda event

    Technically, if the uS hit any of its USlamic proxies, it would be classified as a ‘friendly fire’ incident. Something the uS military knows lots about…right boat?

  17. onlooker on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 3:22 pm 

    “Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.” – George Orwell

  18. Boat on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 6:01 pm 


    “You can’t build a global empire”

    What empire? I think we have been at 50 states for awhile.

  19. Anonymous on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 6:05 pm 

    From that Salon article

    “According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.”

    Funny that, the USlamic state ALSO does contract work for NATO and the Israeli gov’t, you know, committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

  20. Cloggie on Thu, 29th Sep 2016 6:06 pm 

    What empire? I think we have been at 50 states for awhile.

    You’re a smart mister and not easy to deceive.

    Some day I am going to hire you into my privy council.

  21. GregT on Fri, 30th Sep 2016 12:36 am 

    “What empire? I think we have been at 50 states for awhile.”


  22. Anonymous on Fri, 30th Sep 2016 1:23 am 

    Where did you buy those blinders boat? They work *awesome*. So well in fact, you don’t know the 1st fooking thing about your masters, or the nature of the global empire they have been building. For a most of the last century in case you haven’t been paying any attention, which, you…..definitely have not been, rofl.

  23. GregT on Fri, 30th Sep 2016 2:23 am 

    “Where did you buy those blinders boat?”

    Those blinders cannot be bought Anon. They are either earned through sheer ignorance and stupidity, or they have been payed for by the ‘establishment’.

  24. Cloggie on Fri, 30th Sep 2016 10:49 am 

    These days I take collapsenik Greg “how bad is it going to be?” Hunter more serious than Richard “low-hanging fruitcake” Heinberg:

    Finally some collapse you can believe in!

    Charleston etc
    Deutsche Bank
    Migrant crisis in Europe

    Marion le Pen: the CGT (old school communist trade union) doesn’t represent the French people (the nationalists do)

    That sentiment will grow with every passing year. We’re heading for some thirties style confrontation between globalists (“communists”) and nationalists. In Europe and in America.

    Expect some fireworks.

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