Around 150 Saudi Intelligence officers joined ISIS terrorist group in Mosul battle

Saudi Arabia dispatched more than 100 intelligence officers to Mosul to join the ISIL militants and direct them in battles against Iraqi government forces and allied forces of Popular Mobilization Units, a recent report revealed.

A report published by Qatari al-Sharq newspaper revealed that 150 Saudi intelligence agents were fighting alongside ISIL members in Mosul, and working hard to extend the battle, Al Manar reported.

The paper added that Iraqi government forces confiscated important documents certifying Saudi intelligence officers’ assistance to ISIL terrorists once they liberated Mosul from the clutches of them.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory over ISIL militants in Mosul, which served as their main urban stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.

In the run-up to Mosul’s liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units had made sweeping gains against ISIL since launching the operation on October 17, 2016.

The Iraqi forces took control of Eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the West on February 19.

An estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle to retake the city began eight months ago. A total of 195,000 civilians have also returned, mainly to the liberated areas of Eastern Mosul.

Twenty-eight aid groups working in Iraq have issued a statement, calling for international support for the reconstruction of Mosul and urged Iraqi authorities not to press civilians to return.

They have also expressed deep concerns for Iraqis trapped in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq, namely Tal Afar, Hawijah district in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk and the troubled Western province of Anbar.

Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces have found a large number of Daesh militants, who were hiding in tunnels dug beneath the Old City of Mosul.

Pictures published on a number of social networking websites show Iraqi security personnel standing by as ISIL terrorists walk out of the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Source: Farsnews