On Monday, the Islamic State tried to curtail the Iraqi Army’s ongoing west Mosul offensive by deploying multiple suicide bombers and planting mines along the frontline.
In total, four Islamic State VBIED’s (vehicle-born improvised explosive device) drove towards the countryside southwest of Mosul and detonated their explosives-laden vehicles in and around the village of Tal Kisum.
This area maintains a strong presence of Popular Mobilization Units (PMU); it is not clear how many casualties the predominately Shi’ite army militia suffered due to the attacks.
One of the suicide bombers was Abu Zakariya al-Britani, a British foreign fighter who reportedly joined Islamic State ranks in 2014. Another suicide bomber was also identified as Omar al-Kurdi, a local Kurdish jihadist (picture below).
Amaq Agency, the official Islamic State outlet, posted footage of the suicide bombers driving off; subsequently, explosions were observed in the far distance:
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According to UK national security agencies, around 850 British residents have traveled to Syria or Iraq to join jihadist organizations.
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