DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – The nine-month battle for Iraq’s second largest city proved costly for both sides in what can arguably be called the heaviest fighting of the 21st century.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared absolute victory in Mosul nine days ago, ISIS insurgents were still being pulled out of the Old City’s rubbles days later while sleeper cells still pose a significant danger to security forces.
Now, the Islamic State indirectly admitted it no longer controlled any areas of Mosul city by releasing an early infographic covering the alleged losses for the Iraqi Army in the 9th and final month of battle.
According to the Islamic State, 905 Iraqi soldiers paid the ultimate price for the capture of the Old City. Of these assault troops, 145 were said to have been killed by snipers.
Furthermore, Amaq Agency claimed 1 Abrahams tank, 10 Humvees, 1 BMP, 3 bulldozers, 7 technicals, 7 armored vehicles and 6 drones were destroyed in the final stage of battle. 1 helicopter and 26 vehicles were partially damaged, ISIS stated in its infographic.
ISIS also boasted 11 car bombings for the month of July alone while suicide bombings by the self-proclaimed caliphate’s foot soldiers were widespread in the final days.
In total, some 12,000 casualties were alleged to have been inflicted upon the Iraqi Armed Forces since the campaign to liberate Mosul began late last year. The Iraqi Government refuses to reveal information regarding its death toll from military operations, but would likely have set the number much lower.
With Mosul undisputedly under Iraqi control once again, tens of thousands of elite troops have been freed for military campaigns elsewhere in the country. Among these seasoned contingents are the Rapid Response Division, Iraqi Federal Police, 9th Division, 15th Division, 16th Division and the Counter Terrorism Units.
Although being expelled from many regions it overran back in 2014, the Islamic State still controls two large pockets around Tal Afar and Hawija in addition to control much of the western border with Syria.