In Mosul, Iraq forces face IS drones, mortars, car bombs

An Iraqi member of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) patrols Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017A small white drone hummed into sight and Thaker, a member of Iraq’s special forces, grabbed his machinegun and started lighting up the blue sky above eastern Mosul. “I shot one down, this morning,” Thaker said. The Counter-Terrorism Service Thaker serves in has been battling the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul for weeks, dodging sniper and mortar fire, booby traps and suicide car bombs.


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