Mosul: ISIS sends ‘suicide squads’ to Iraqi stronghold

TOPSHOT - Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul, as smoke billows on October 20, 2016, during an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to retake the main hub city.
Kurdish forces launched a fresh push against areas held by the Islamic State group around Mosul, pressing an offensive to retake the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hundreds of ISIS fighters streaming into Mosul, witnesses say

Fighters have been seen rigging bridges with explosives

Irbil, Iraq CNN  — 

ISIS is sending “suicide squads” from Syria to its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, witnesses have told CNN, as tens of thousands of troops close in on the key city to take it from the militant group’s control.

Witnesses said hundreds of new arrivals had streamed into Mosul from the group’s heartland of Raqqa, Syria, in the past two days, describing them as foreign fighters wearing distinct uniforms and suicide belts, and carrying light weapons.

ISIS fighters have been seen rigging bridges across the strategic Tigris river with explosives and have prepared dozens of vehicle-borne suicide bombs.