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Iraq: Skies blacken as IS burn oil factories south of Mosul01:41

Iraq: Skies blacken as IS burn oil factories south of Mosul

Iraq, Mosul
October 24, 2016 at 01:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising in the sky south of Mosul, on Sunday, as the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) burned oil and sulfur factories in an attempt to create a smoke screen from air forces.

The RT footage shows the area of the southern Mosul which has been cleared by Iraqi special units over the previous few days. Reportedly, the area is close to becoming an environmental disaster as militants set oil pumps and oil refining units on fire, it is thought some 100 such fires have been set since the operation to retake the city started.

“We managed to seize 56 oil pumps. ISIS members used them to refuel their military machines” said Iraqi Army Colonel General Raid Judith, “to this moment, all the main facilities are cleared, 48 villages are cleared at this direction.”

Despite the bleak ecological conditions, residents were still happy to be liberated: “You cannot imagine what a horror that was. They [Iraqi army] saved us from that hell," said one such resident.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the military operation to liberate the country's second largest city. IS captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now spearheaded by the Iraqi army and Kurdish militia, supported by the coalition led by the United States.

Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under the control of IS, and the army has been working towards its recapture by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants who remain in the city.

Iraq: Skies blacken as IS burn oil factories south of Mosul01:41
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Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising in the sky south of Mosul, on Sunday, as the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) burned oil and sulfur factories in an attempt to create a smoke screen from air forces.

The RT footage shows the area of the southern Mosul which has been cleared by Iraqi special units over the previous few days. Reportedly, the area is close to becoming an environmental disaster as militants set oil pumps and oil refining units on fire, it is thought some 100 such fires have been set since the operation to retake the city started.

“We managed to seize 56 oil pumps. ISIS members used them to refuel their military machines” said Iraqi Army Colonel General Raid Judith, “to this moment, all the main facilities are cleared, 48 villages are cleared at this direction.”

Despite the bleak ecological conditions, residents were still happy to be liberated: “You cannot imagine what a horror that was. They [Iraqi army] saved us from that hell," said one such resident.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the military operation to liberate the country's second largest city. IS captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now spearheaded by the Iraqi army and Kurdish militia, supported by the coalition led by the United States.

Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under the control of IS, and the army has been working towards its recapture by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants who remain in the city.

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