ISIS underground training camp founded outside of Mosul
Iraqi soldiers have discovered an underground ISIS training camp located in an abandoned rail tunnel, complete with obstacle course, shooting range, religious teaching area, and medical clinic.
The camp, nicknamed Palmyra after a city in Syria, was more than a mile long just outside the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul.
Iraqi soldiers said that more than 150 recruits could be trained in the camp at one time.
“It’s one of the terrorists’ biggest camps,” said Col. Abdul Ameer, an Iraqi military spokesman. Ameer said that the facility is the largest elite camp that soldiers have found so far as it has cleared ISIS from more areas of Iraq, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“We have seen and discovered camps before but not like this one,” Ameer said.
The camp seemed to blend indoctrination with military training, as a mosque-like area of the tunnel contained religious textbooks and an ISIS newspaper, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Slogans including sayings of Prophet Muhammad were painted on the wall along with commands to rise up against unbelievers.
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have taken back parts of Mosul since January and are working to retake the rest of the city, street by street, The Wall Street Journal reported.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said that about 2,000 ISIS fighters are left in the area of Mosul.