ISIS terrorists plant huge number of landmines at Syria-Iraq border
The source said that the ISIL has planted a large number of landmines in a desert between the Iraqi town of al-Qa’em West of al-Anbar province and the Syrian town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzur province.
The sources who requested anonymity added that ISIL has planted mines at the border region to prevent kidnaped civilians from escaping.
A senior Iraqi commander said on Friday that the ISIL militants were fleeing the front lines in Western Mosul, as pro-government forces were pushing on with their assaults on the terror group in the area.
“Intelligence reports indicate the majority of ISIL militants remaining in west Mosul are non-Iraqis,” noting that they were likely to be “suicide bombers,” said the commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, New Arab reported.
He added that most ISIL units were fighting without guidance from leaders.
“The majority of armed militants and senior ISIL leaders have fled the battle scene, which indicates that the militant group knows it is losing the battle,” the commander told The New Arab.
He said that the battle in Mosul was being left to a core of hardline “foreign militants”.