US Army Major General Joseph Martin told Reuters Monday that ISIS resources in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the terrorist groups last major stronghold, is “starting to dwindle.”
“They’ve got a finite amount of resources that are on the eastern side and the fact that their capability is waning indicates that those resources are starting to dwindle,” he said. “I see the commanders’ reporting coming in and I see the exquisiteness of their SVBIED (suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device) system, the sophistication of their SVBIEDs continuing to get lower and lower, the boom of the different IEDs continuing to have a lower yield – all tell me that the enemy’s capacity is diminishing over time. We see that as a positive indicator.”
He however did acknowledge that he did not know how much storage ISIS has exactly.
“They’ve had two years to prepare for this defense and so I don’t know how much stuff they have stored inside mosques, inside of schools, inside of hospitals,” Martin said