Iraqi Soldier Blocks Suicide Bomber In The Street To Save His Comrades
In an action described as 'the ultimate sacrifice', an Iraqi soldier has saved his comrades' lives by blocking a suicide bomber's route on a Mosul street using his Humvee.
The footage, filmed on an ISIS drone and uploaded to the internet, shows a car bomb approaching erratically to a group of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Unit forces trying to retake the city.
The bomber's car explodes just as it reaches the Humvee.
The battle of Mosul has been ongoing since last October, but the initial takeover began in January 2014.
A few days ago, it was reported that Iraqi resistance forces had recaptured the city's main government complex, central bank branch and museum - where priceless statues were being willfully destroyed.
They also seized a court building notorious for its barbaric sentences, including chopping off hands, throwing people off roofs and stonings.
US Brigadier General Matthew Isler told Reuters that some of ISIS' foreign fighters are attempting to flee Mosul.
"The game is up," he said. "They have lost this fight and what you're seeing is a delaying action."
Last month, footage showing a botched suicide bombing attempt by an ISIS solider appeared online.
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The ISIS solider detonated his bomb, but wasn't close enough to the Syrian rebels to take anybody else out with him.
The incident is believed to have happened in Raqqa as the two groups continue to battle it out for key cities.
In the video, which was shared by news agency Qasioun, the man can be seen approaching a group of soldiers who are stood outside a building and detonating the bomb, although it would also make sense if it in fact detonated in error.
The smoke then clears and you can see that no one else has been injured in the blast.
This latest attack happened as soldiers continued with the ongoing Wraths of Euphrates operation, which has seen a number of violent clashes. It was launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces in opposition to ISIS and has been blocking key roads in Raqqa, with the aim of eventually cutting off resources completely.
Speaking about the Wraths of Euphrates operation, UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told Reuters: "I hope that isolation will be completed by the spring and then operations to liberate Raqqa itself can begin thereafter.
"Raqqa is a much smaller city than Mosul but will clearly be defended very vigorously by Daesh [ISIS] and that means the operation to liberate Raqqa has to be very carefully prepared, as the operation for Mosul was.
"Once Raqqa is liberated after Mosul, we will see the beginning of the end of this terrible caliphate."
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