Isis stalls Mo­sul of­fen­si­ve with cru­el bombs

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

IRAQ - The ted­dy bear, ga­rish but cu­ddly, is prop­ped on top of the ex­plo­si­ves it was de­sig­ned to hi­de and de­to­na­te. An adult would pro­ba­bly ha­ve wal­ked by, but to a child the wi­de ey­es and fuz­zy oran­ge fur would ha­ve been ir­re­sis­ti­ble. “Why would Isis use so­me­thing ni­ce, li­ke a bear or a rab­bit? They used this toy be­cau­se they know the peshmer­ga [Kur­dish figh­ters] will not touch it, but child­ren will,” said Co­lo­nel Na­w­zad Ka­mil Has­san, an en­gi­neer with the Kur­dish for­ces, who says his unit has clea­red mo­re than 50 ton­nes of ex­plo­si­ves from are­as on­ce con­trol­led by the mi­li­tants. As a broad co­a­li­ti­on of for­ces tries to push Isis out of Mo­sul, its last ma­jor strong­hold in Iraq, Has­san has de­ci­ded to pre­ser­ve so­me of the most cre­a­ti­ve, cru­el and unu­su­al of tho­se ho­me­ma­de bombs to use as trai­ning aids for new re­cruits to one of the most dange­rous jobs in the world. The ho­me­ma­de ex­plo­si­ve de­vi­ces pro­vi­de a les­son in the depths of in­gen­ui­ty, in­tel­li­gen­ce and re­sour­ces that Isis de­vo­tes to sprea­ding mur­der and fear even when its figh­ters can no lon­ger ter­ro­ri­se in per­son. In the are­as whe­re it ru­les for long en­ough to seed them with bombs, the group has cre­a­ted a dark, pa­ral­lel uni­ver­se, whe­re even the most mun­da­ne ob­ject can kill. A toy, a playing card and an aban­do­ned watch are all de­to­na­tors de­sig­ned to spark the ac­qui­si­ti­ve cu­ri­o­si­ty of a re­turning ci­vi­li­an, who would be mai­med or mur­de­red by the ex­plo­si­on. An or­di­na­ry ho­se ly­ing across a road is ano­ther sim­ple but in­ge­nious de­to­na­tor. A bund­le of old clo­t­hes, which a dog or cat could step across wit­hout harm, would ha­ve ex­plo­ded if so­me­o­ne had pick­ed it up to re­claim or throw away. A pi­le of mud and sto­nes is a con­ce­a­led mortar. A dis­car­ded pie­ce of ply­wood would ha­ve ac­ti­va­ted a bomb when it was pick­ed up or kick­ed asi­de, as a ball be­a­ring rol­led down a tu­be to com­ple­te the cir­cuit. Duct ta­pe, a le­ver and a trip wi­re turn a door in­to a dead­ly we­apon. The ex­per­ti­se of Isis with ex­plo­si­ves and ex­ten­si­ve use of sui­ci­de bombs and boo­by traps ma­kes at­tac­king them par­ti­cu­lar­ly dange­rous, and slows re­co­ve­ry when they are de­fea­ted. Be­cau­se the­re is no area, ci­vi­li­an or mi­li­ta­ry, that the group will not la­ce with ex­plo­si­ves, ma­ny Ira­qis fear that re­turning to their ho­mes and for­mer li­ves could be dead­ly, even long af­ter mi­li­tants ha­ve left. (the­gu­ar­di­an)

The Ira­qi ar­my has cur­rent­ly pau­sed its ope­ra­ti­on in Mo­sul to regroup its front li­ne troops. (Photo: abc­news­go)

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