Despite almost losing control of Ar-Rutbah yesterday, Iraqi government troops have retaken half of the city while clashes continued on the streets of Ar-Rutbah today.

https://twitter.com/yoridsdi/status/790327677098090496

During the initial assault yesterday, Iraqi border guards and local pro-government Sunni fighters of the Sawhat tribe set up camp and entrenched themselves in the Karabilah neighbourhood while waiting for reinforcements to arrive from the Iraqi Armed Forces.

Amaq Agency claimed the initial thrust and subsequent suicide bombings killed approximately 70 Iraqi troops. Meanwhile, photos emerged on social media showing the dead bodies of several ISIS fighters, suggesting their death toll to be in the dozens as well.

With Iraqi reinforcements yet to arrive, Ar-Rutbah is still witnessing fierce urban warfare.

Meanwhile, ISIS’s Amaq Agency also claimed to be assaulting the Kurdish-held city of Sinjar in a move looking to exploit the Peshmerga’s dense military presence on the outskirts of Mosul.

A Peshmerga official claimed Kurdish forces had repelled the Islamic State attack on Sinjar earlier today, killing a total of 15 ISIS militants.

This represents the third diversionary Islamic State offensive in just a few days as ISIS forces have attacked Kirkuk, Ar-Rutbah, and Sinjar while trying to fend off the major US-led offensive on Mosul city.

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See? Leave Tal Afar and Hawija pockets open = attacks on sinjar and kirkuk as I expected. Not to mention the Al Bukamal / Al Qaim crossing was never sealed on the Iraqi side leaving Anbar areas in danger again = Rutbah offensive. Very impulsive and irresponsible move to march to Mosul, was still very early. Before late 2017 that should have never happened.

ALso Samarra and Tikrit vicinities are still full of ISIS.

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Sinjar forces have blown 7 VBIEDS : total failure… BTW, the time when the Iraqi army used to flee is over. In fact, if the Mosul troops had defended the city in 2014, Mosul would never had fallen! They outnumbered the daeshbags by a 10-12 factor and had tanks and APCs while the cockroaches had only technicals… Well, the only advantage the roaches had was… Jungian archetype system due to the fact kids have been brainwashed with religion at young age while the high number of ‘reds’ in Kurdish population didn’t bought it…

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There is one thumbdowner that either is a Daesh fanboy or a Turk or never heard of Carl Gustav Jung, LOL. The jungian archetypes have more than once been used, even much before Jung theorized it, i.e. when prince Vlad III of Wallachia impaled the Ottoman scouts, binding them into pig skins, he made the 300k sultan’s army flee although he had only a 300 guy troop! The fact that YPJ are chicks makes the daeshbags afraid to be killed by girls or they might not go to their heaven which BTW, even if it existed, wouldn’t receive murderers, LOL.

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While the jihadi fanboys said Ar-Rutbah was fully taken and the Iraqi armymen were all slaughtered… The era where Iraqi militaries weren’t willing to fight is finished since the Kurds showed the world that the YPJ chicks were able to defeat the so-called invincible soldiers of Allah… Nothing better than anarchos/commies to fight nazis/nazislamists : every atom in them hates fascism… PYD branches should be opened in all Gulf states…

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The rutbah, sinjar and kirkuk offensives that are diversionary from mosul are still ongoing at this moment, nothing has been a failure for ISIS yet. Let’s wait and see. You are very smart and passionate but you tend to go on and on and on about things that are irrelevant or of not much importance. When there is proper confirmation on all major social media channels, not conflicting ones, that they have been smashed in Rutba and Kirkuk and Sinjar, then we can talk again.