first published on October 17, 2016 by Josh
As an armored columns roll on the city of Mosul, Daesh knows that they will fail. The fighters that remain behind are doing nothing more than a quick delaying action. There is evidence of this in the early actions of the fighters who have remained in the city to fight.
In an obvious act of desperation, one of the first actions ISIS takes is throwing every single suicide bomber they have at the attackers. They know this will do nothing to stop the advance, but it will slow it buying more time for critical leadership to exit the city.
This is a holding action, nothing more. I can’t help but think there must be some larger card in play.