ISIS fanatics could use chemical weapons in defence of Iraq’s second city, warns senior coalition officer

ISIS militants are expected to use chemical weapons in a desperate defence of Mosul as Iraqi troops prepare to retake the country’s second city, a senior coalition officer has warned.

The recapture of Mosul, which has been in the hands of Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) for nearly two years, is “inevitable”, but will be a “long, hard road,” said Brig Roger Noble.

The city is believed to have been fortified with tunnel complexes and minefields made up of thousands of homemade bombs. Iraqi commanders backed by US-led air strikes are also likely to face a familiar barrage of suicide bombers both on foot and in vehicles.

  • Alain

    I dare say that I have trouble keeping up. First we are told there are “radicalised” Muslims, and now it seems there are “fanatics” among those “radicalised” Muslims. Perhaps now those who make this stuff up can tell us how many angles can dance on the head of a pin.

    • I lost track, it’s easier on my brain to just call them Muslims.

      • Alain

        We agree on that.

  • canminuteman

    So carpet bomb Mosul until there are no two bricks still attached to each other then anyone who wants it is welcome to it. No loss.

  • BillyHW

    Is this what we call a win-win situation?