The following combat footage took place during the infamous Battle of Mosul, a battle which we have covered various incidents of well-placed sniper shots such as the one that ricocheted off a journalist’s GoPro camera. It shows a Daesh sniper targeting a U.S. supplied Humvee in service with the Iraqi military. A round soon strikes the ammunition box of the HMG causing it to erupt into a burst of flame.

Before ISIS came, Mosul was extremely diverse and populated by people such as Armenians, Yazidis, Assyrian, Turkmen, and Shabak. Under ISIS, all of them have the gruesome treatment and ethnic cleansing. The Iraqi government plan to take the city back was predicted to be the “mother of all battles.” The nickname came true.

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Two years later the Iraqi government alongside allied militia groups such as the Kurdish Peshmerga, launched an offensive dubbed “We Are Coming, Nineveh” in order to retake Mosul from ISIS. The operation was the biggest deployment of Iraqi troops since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The battle was the world’s single largest military operation in nearly 15 years since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Battle of Mosul was concurrent with the Battle of Sirte in Libya and the Raqqa campaign carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIL’s capital city and stronghold in Syria. As a result, ISIS was on the backfoot and their fighting became ever more desperate and fanatical, as can be seen in the video featured here when an IS fighter dodged death on the streets of Mosul.

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Iraqi special forces soldiers fire weapons at Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

The fighting to oust the ISIS fanatics was brutal, prolonged, and fierce. Widespread and elaborate defenses, booby traps, sniper attacks, and the presence of civilians made advancing difficult and slow. But Iraqi forces pushed on and the city was captured from ISIS in July 2017. It is estimated that removing the explosives left behind by ISIS in Mosul as well as repairing the city over the next 5 years will cost around $50 billion.

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Batya (Батя) is the founder of Reaper Feed. He is an international security advisor and a high-risk expedition leader across former and active conflict zones such as Eastern Ukraine, unrecognized post-Soviet states, the North Caucasus, and the Middle East. Batya founded Reaper Feed to provide unprecedented insight into the lesser-seen sides of human conflict and modern warfare. He is from the UK but his work means he is based in various countries around the world.