More of the story behind the liberation of the city of Mosul in Iraq is coming to light and it appears that not only are the Iraqi and Kurdish forces responsible for a great victory there, but they have also set a precedent for future conflicts to come against the Islamic State.
The real story here, though, was one that followed a young Iraqi officer who has quickly gained a big reputation.
Dubbed the Lion of Mosul, Mohammed Qasim proved that Iraqi’s Special Air Services (SAS) soldiers are serious about their fight to stop ISIS. Qasim and a fellow comrade bravely went behind the enemy lines of ISIS. While there, they were able to locate and define key ISIS positions and teams. On top of that, they were also able to eliminate six of ISIS’ trained fighters. And they made it back alive to tell and further help the Iraqi cause.
A soldier on a perilous mission to gather crucial intelligence deep behind Islamic State lines during the ferocious battle of Mosul shot dead six enemy fighters.
The fearless special forces hero Mohammed Qasim, dubbed the Lion of Mosul, disguised himself as one of the fanatics and conned them into believing he was one of them.
The Iraqi discovered the location of ISIS positions and key sniper and machine gun teams.
Last night senior Iraqi officers applauded the 25-year-old’s actions.
General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi said: “We are all very proud of what this soldier did. He is a very brave man. He makes us all hold our heads up high.”
As fighting continued to rage in the ruins of Mosul’s Old City in the last days of the battle in northern Iraq, Mohammed blended in with the IS troops by swapping his M4 rifle for an AK-47 and wearing a scruffy smock and scarf.
He and a comrade then sneaked behind enemy lines.
After noting down the vital positions and pinpointing where IS were holding ammunition, Mohammed quickly shot dead six of the fanatics.
This mission for this 25-year-old soldier was not one that should have been undertaken lightly. Yet, without a thought to his own safety, volunteered immediately as the mission was revealed. Had he been caught, the torture and subsequent execution of Qasim would have been unimaginable.
As it is, battlefield promotions don’t happen on a regular basis in any military outfit. But the fact that this young man was given a Lieutenant’s rank upon completion of the mission speaks to the absolute critical nature of the operation and his bravery. Bravo, Lieutenant Qasim! Well done!
Source: The Mirror