Watch this walk-through of a large ISIS explosives- and IED-production facility that was captured by Iraqi forces in the vicinity of Fallujah.
The men who built the secret bomb factory had been clever — suspiciously so, Bahraini investigators thought, for a gang known mostly for lobbing molotov cocktails at police. The underground complex had been hewed, foot by foot, beneath the floor of a suburban villa, with no visible traces at street level and only a single entrance, hidden behind a kitchen cabinet. But the … [Read more…]
Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city. Ten days into the offensive, the special forces are still at least 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of the city and have faced … [Read more…]
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The U.S.-led coalition launched one of the largest airstrikes yet on an Islamic State car bomb factory Thursday night, hitting a sprawling compound south of Mosul with aircraft dropping dozens of bombs. The airstrike was the culmination of months of intelligence gathering and is part of a broad effort to weaken militants in Mosul in advance of a … [Read more…]