VIDEO: Iraqi Young Men Prepare Heavy Weapons for War against ISIS in Mosul

Thu Aug 25, 2016 22:35:10

In Basra province, 550 kilometers south of Baghdad, these young men are playing a key role in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) terrorist group.

They’re members of the Shia popular mobilization forces known as al-Hashd al-Shaabi.

In their workshop they rehabilitate damaged weapons, hammering away on the heavy metal. Their mechanical skills are being put to the test, but they have expertise in all types of weapons.

“'The youth are working hard to supply members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi with well-maintained weapons to dislodge Daesh from Mosul,” says workshop boss Sheikh Abu Zahra al-Abadi.

Today, preparing a heavy machine gun, destined for the front lines in Mosul, in the country’s north.

Iraqi forces entered the key oil town of Qayara on the Tigris river on Tuesday, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Mosul. It’s seen as a strategic launching area for efforts to retake the country’s second largest city which has been held by ISIS since 2014.

The country’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged to drive ISIS out of Mosul this year.

S/SH 11

string(2426) "[{"id":"1854497","sort":"3611581","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/25/alalam_636077443673840624_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"URGENT: Iraq Forces Retake Key Town from ISIS South of Mosul, Commander Says"} ,{"id":"1853885","sort":"3611582","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/24/alalam_636076305594999929_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"VIDEO: Iraqi Forces Use Armed Robot against Daesh in Mosul Operation"} ,{"id":"1853592","sort":"3611583","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/23/alalam_636075629963773025_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"ISIS to Lose its Capital in Iraq-Mosul- as Iraqi Forces Retake Qayyarah"} ,{"id":"1852835","sort":"3611584","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/21/alalam_636073894433166630_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"Mosul Liberation Beginning of Stability, Peace, National Unity in Iraq: Shamkhani"} ,{"id":"1852874","sort":"3611585","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/21/alalam_636073951471672241_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Vow to Liberate Soon:Thousands of Leaflets Dropped over Mosul by Iraqi Military Planes"} ,{"id":"1852783","sort":"3611586","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/21/alalam_636073805631726075_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"VIDEO: 19 Top ISIS Commanders Killed by Iraqi Fighter Jets in East of Mosul"} ,{"id":"1851918","sort":"3611587","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/19/alalam_636072017560999688_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"PHOTOS: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Liberate 12 Villages from ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul"} ,{"id":"1851439","sort":"3611588","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/17/alalam_636070615312601451_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"VIDEO: People Fleeing from ISIS as Iraqi Army Troops Advance towards Mosul"} ,{"id":"1851400","sort":"3611589","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/17/alalam_636070540166117225_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"Battlefield VIDEO: Islamic State Militants Lose 4 More Villages near Iraq’s Mosul"} ,{"id":"1850931","sort":"3611590","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/16/alalam_636069435784626207_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kurdish Forces Open New Front against ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul"} ,{"id":"1850731","sort":"3611591","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/15/alalam_636068880216502090_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"Daesh VIDEO: ISIS Terrorists Engaged in Severe Fighting South of Iraq’s Mosul"} ,{"id":"1850650","sort":"3611592","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/08/15/alalam_636068741871818588_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"NEW VIDEO: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Liberate 12 Villages in Iraq’s Mosul"} ]"