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Almost Total Destruction of Mosul, 90% of Residents Lost One or More Family Members Due NATO-Iraqi Government Attacks

July 10, 2017 

Editor's Note:

The coalition which fights the Islamic State and other Sunni groups in Syria consists of US-led NATO forces, Russian forces, Syrian Alewite government forces, Iranian-backed Shi'i militias, and Kurdish peshmerga forces. The coalition's continuous attacks have resulted in the killing of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian Sunni Muslim Arabs and the eviction of millions of them as a result of the destruction of their cities and villages.

The end outcome is going to be the weakening and possible dismantling of Iraqi and Syrian states as well as the eviction (ethnic cleansing of) Sunni Muslim Arabs, particularly from the upper Euphrates region of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria. 

The larger context for understanding the Syrian war (and other wars in the Middle East) is that it contributes to the implementation of the Zionist-Israeli plan of destroying the Arab Middle Eastern states in preparation for the establishment of the greater Israeli empire, from the Nile of Egypt to the Euphrates of Iraq.  

For a background, read: 

Zionist Creative Destruction of the Middle East for the Benefit of the Apartheid Israeli Regime

 

   
Sunni Muslim Arab Iraqis starving in Mosul due to years-long continuous attacks on them

 

This is what became of Mosul after years of NATO-Iraqi government attacks, 2014-2017. 

 

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The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi Arabic news agency, Yaqein ( http://yaqein.net/ ):

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Photos and videos of the Mosul devastation after years of attacks by NATO and Iraqi government forces:

http://yaqein.net/video/34845  

90% of Mosul Residents Lost One or More Family Members Due NATO-Iraqi Government Attacks

 

90 بالمئة من سكان الموصل فقدوا فرد أو أكثر من عائلاتهم

10 يوليو 2017

قالت هيئة انقاذ الطفولة إن سكان الموصل تعرضوا لمعاناة هائلة بسبب العمليات العسكرية التي تشنها القوات المشتركة والميليشيات التابعة لها من اجل استعادة المدينة مشيرة الى ان حالات الصدمة بين المدنيين تتزايد بشدة في المراحل الأخيرة من المعارك مؤكدة أن 90 بالمئة من سكان الموصل فقدوا فرد أو أكثر من عائلاتهم.

واوضحت الهيئة  في تقرير لها أن ” القتال ألحق أضرارا نفسية هائلة بأطفال الموصل”.

وأوضحت الهيئة أن “الأطفال يعانون آلاما نفسية شديدة بسبب ذكريات العنف المفرط الذي يعيشونه وسط شعور مستمر بالخوف على حياتهم ولا يستطيعون إظهار مشاعرهم وتنتابهم كوابيس توقظهم من نومهم”.

وأضافت الهيئة أن “فقد أحد الأقارب هو السبب الرئيسي للتأزم النفسي إذ ذكر 90 بالمئة أنهم فقدوا واحدا على الأقل من أفراد عائلاتهم إما بسبب الموت أو التفرق خلال الهرب أو الخطف”.

وبينت الهيئة أن  ” المدنيين الذين تمكنوا من الحصول على رعاية طبية يعانون من حروق وإصابات من شظايا وانفجارات في حين يحتاج العديد من النساء والأطفال للخضوع للرعاية الخاصة بالحالات الحرجة ويعانون من سوء التغذية. لكن ثمة مخاوف من أن نسبة صغيرة من السكان المدنيين بإمكانها الحصول على الرعاية الطبية اللازمة”.

http://yaqein.net/politics/46300

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The following are news stories from a pro-Iraqi government website (http://www.iraqinews.com/), which usually reports those who are killed by Iraqi government attacks as Islamic State fighters, implying no civilians were killed by bombing residential neighborhoods:

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IS still holds 60% of Imam Gharbi region in southern Mosul

by Elwy Elmanzalawy Jul 9, 2017, 6:57 pm

Mosul (IraqiNews.com)--

 Islamic State still controls 60% of the Imam Gharbi village in al-Qayara neighborhood located in southern Mosul, which was liberated several months ago, a security source told Shafaaq News.

“Joint military units have managed to liberate 40% only of the Imam Gharbi village after six days from the IS seizure of the village,” the source said.

Last week, twenty-five tribal forces personnel were killed and injured in an attack launched by the IS in the Imam Gharbi village.

The Tribal Mobilization Forces confronted the fighters, which left two personnel killed and 25 others wounded.

Iraqi troops liberated Qayara in August.

Earlier on Sunday, the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the prime minister headed to Mosul to declare the elimination of Islamic State extremists from the city, ending a three-year-old occupation under the extremist group. Government forces said they took over the Old City district from which IS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of its rule over Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Islamic State moves to alternative headquarters in Tal Afar

by Nehal Mostafa Jul 9, 2017, 1:10 pm

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com)--

 Islamic State has considered Tal Afar town, located west of Mosul, as an alternative headquarters for its main departments, after admitting its defeat in Mosul.

AlSumaria News quoted a source as saying that “IS issued a brief statement in Tal Afar announcing that all the IS departments are working through alternative headquarters at Tal Afar, which indicates the group’s defeat.”

“IS admitted its loss at its last stronghold in Mosul’s Old City after a battle between its militants against security troops,” the anonymous source added.

“The shock caused by losing the Old City was hard as the militants used to call it as Baghdadi’s [the group’s supreme leader] strongest lair in Mosul for the many Arab and foreign militants and suicide attackers there,” the source added.

In late June, a top leader in the town declared during a a sermon of Friday prayer that the town has become a temporary headquarter for the Caliphate.

On Friday, the group reportedly canceled the Friday prayers at all mosques in the town after a curfew was imposed in the wake of heavy shelling against procession of a prominent Arab leader there.

A source was quoted last week as saying that non-Iraqi IS militants executed the last local leader in Tal Afar and the town is currently run by Arab and foreign members after eliminating all the Iraqi leaders.

Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.

US-led coalition airstrike kills 10 civilians in Hasakah

by Loaa Adel Jul 4, 2017, 4:54 pm

Hasakah (Syria News)--

 Ten civilians were killed, while several others were wounded in an air strike, carried out by the international coalition air force, on the southern countryside of Hasakah.

Qasioun News reported, on Tuesday, that the US-led international coalition carried out an air strike on al-Zayanat Village near Markda Town, in the southern countryside of Hasakah, killing 10 civilians, belonging to one family, and wounding several others.

The international coalition directly bombed the civilians’ houses, causing severe damage to the area.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State group is controlling Markda Town, south of Hasakah since 2014, while thousands of civilians were killed by coalition air strikes that target the terrorist group in Syria.

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The following are news stories from the US Department of Defense website (http://www.defense.gov/News) :

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US-Led Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 9, 2017 —

 U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 25 strikes consisting of 75 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday's strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIS oil separator tanks, two oil tankers and a wellhead.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed 11 ISIS oil stills, three oil-still tanks, three oil tankers, an oil separator tank, a wellhead, and a pump jack.

-- Near Raqqa, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, two vehicles, a front-end loader, an ISIS communications tower and communications equipment.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIS fuel point.

-- Near Beiji, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a bunker.

-- Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

-- Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 21 fighting positions, six improvised bombs, four medium machine guns, three staging areas, two rocket-propelled grenade systems and a vehicle-borne-bomb facility; and damaged six fighting positions.

-- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne bomb.

Additional July 7 Strikes

Officials today also announced results of nine July 7 strikes for which details were unavailable at the time of yesterday's update:

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS media facility.

-- Near Raqqa, Syria, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed five fighting positions, an improvised-bomb factory and a vehicle-borne bomb; and damaged 15 fighting positions.

-- Near Mosul, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed four medium machine guns, four fighting positions, four garages, three ISIS-held buildings, two vehicles and a weapons cache and damaged four fighting positions and two garages.

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 8, 2017 —

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS targets yesterday:

-- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed three ISIS oil-refinement stills, nine oil barrels and a storage tank.

-- Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed two ISIS oil-refinement stills and two oil barrels.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two ISIS oil-refinement stills, two vehicles, two oil tankers and a front-end loader.

-- Near Raqqa, 18 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 fighting positions, two vehicles and a tunnel.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets yesterday:

-- Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles.

-- Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 19 fighting positions, 10 medium machine guns, two weapon caches, an artillery system and a rocket-propelled-grenade system; damaged 13 fighting positions; and suppressed a mortar system.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed a front-end loader.

July 5-6 Strikes

Additionally, officials reported today that 13 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 5-6 for which the information was unavailable at the time of yesterday's update:

-- On July 5 near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 13 medium machine guns, four rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, four improvised bombs, three fighting positions, a sniper position, an ISIS-held building, a tank, a vehicle, a command-and-control node and a weapons cache; damaged 15 fighting positions; and suppressed a sniper team.

-- On July 5 near Raqqa, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a front-end loader and an unmanned aerial system launch site; and suppressed 17 fighting positions and a sniper team.

-- On July 6 near Mosul, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position, a medium machine gun and a command-and-control node; and damaged two supply routes.

-- On July 6, near Raqqa, eight strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions, a recoilless rifle, a weapons cache and an ISIS-held building.

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 7, 2017 —

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed 14 ISIS construction items and three oil storage tanks.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, 11 strikes destroyed 35 ISIS oil refinement stills, 14 construction items, 10 oil trucks, three oil storage tanks and three wellheads.

-- Near Raqqa, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positons, an ISIS headquarters and a vehicle bomb.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Baghdad, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a supply cache.

-- Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed a fighting position, damaged a fighting position, and suppressed a mortar system.

-- Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and a tactical vehicle.

July 5 Strikes

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 5 that closed within the last 24 hours:

-- On July 5 near Kisik, Iraq, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and a sniper team.

-- On July 5 near Raqqa, Syria, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, a sniper position and a heavy machine gun.

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 6, 2017 —

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Shadaddi, two strikes destroyed five ISIS-held buildings, a command-and-control node and a vehicle-bomb-making facility.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed 34 ISIS oil barrels, eight oil stills, five construction items, five oil trucks, four front-end loaders, three oil storage tanks, an oil distillation tank and a wellhead.

-- Near Raqqa, 21 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 13 fighting positons, two vehicles, two heavy machine guns, a front-end loader, an unmanned aerial vehicle site and a sniper position.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 60 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two staging areas and a vehicle.

-- Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 19 fighting positions, 15 medium machine guns, three staging areas, three improvised bombs, an excavator, a mortar system, a rocket-propelled grenade system and a supply cache; and damaged three fighting positions.

-- Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a staging area, a vehicle storage facility, a weapons cache and a vehicle.

July 3-4 Strikes

Additionally, 14 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 3-4 that closed within the last 24 hours:

-- On July 3 near Raqqa, Syria, a strike destroyed eight ISIS fighting positions and a vehicle-bomb factory and damaged 10 fighting positions.

-- On July 4 near Hawl, Syria, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command-and-control node and a staging area.

-- On July 4 near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, five strikes destroyed four ISIS oil separators, four oil storage tanks, two wellheads, two oil pipe junctions, an oil still and a refinery.

-- On July 4 near Raqqa, Syria, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a vehicle bomb and an improvised bomb.

-- On July 4 near Mosul, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed two mortar systems and damaged five supply routes.

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 4, 2017 —

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 25 strikes consisting of 85 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Operation Inherent Resolve - Targeted Operations Against ISIS Terrorists U.S. Central Command continues to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Download Image Image details page

Officials reported details of yesterday's strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS wellhead.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIS wellhead.

-- Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, three mortar systems, two sections of wall, two vehicles, an anti-air artillery system, a heavy machine gun, and an explosives cache; damaged five ISIS supply routes; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Al Huwayjah, a strike destroyed three car bomb storage facilities.

-- Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed two oil storage tanks and an ISIS command and control node.

-- Near Kirkuk, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a staging area and a supply cache.

-- Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 21 fighting positions, six medium machine guns, three rocket-propelled grenade systems, and an artillery system; and damaged five fighting positions.

-- Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed a mortar system.

Previously Unreported

Additionally, nine previously unreported strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 2.

-- Near Al Shadaddi, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four ISIS-held buildings and a command and control node.

-- Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two car bombs, an ISIS communications tower, and a fighting position; and damaged 32 fighting positions.

-- Near Kisik, Iraq, a strike destroyed a vehicle and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

-- Near Mosul, Iraq, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven medium machine guns, five fighting positions, five roadside bombs, and a weapons cache; damaged two fighting positions; and suppressed a sniper team.

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