MOSUL (Sputnik) – The militants have left a rich "legacy" of mines, booby-traps, car bombs and blown-up mosques and buildings.
A Sputnik correspondent visited the city and found that mainly building foundations and rickety minarets are left of Mosul.
The Great Mosque
Only ruins are left of the mosque built over 900 years ago. One can only see marble columns and a dome that has survived by sheer miracle. Sunlight is seeping through giant cracks in the dome.
Historians say that the mosque had suffered during various military conflicts over the past 900 years. It has been rebuilt several times, and only the mihrab (a semicircular niche in the wall indicating the direction of Mecca) remained unchanged.
From Flour to Bombs
A residential area with two-story and three-story buildings is located around the mosque. The building's ground floors accommodate small stores. The entire vicinity now reeks of death as the streets are virtually littered with the unburied bodies of dead militants.
A local store is cluttered with 50-kilogram flour bags reading "Daesh-Agriculture Chancellery-Nineveh Governorate." In an effort to make extra profits, Daesh terrorists staying in Mosul filled their custom-made bags with flour and sugar and sold them to the city residents.
We found a facility for making car bombs around the corner. A ready-made Hyundai car bomb standing there is covered with steel sheets for protecting its driver, increasing his chances of hitting any target. Gas tanks are placed in the rear seat while a detonation device is located near the steering wheel.
The terrorists apparently planned to blow up the car after the Iraqi army units advanced in this district but the militants never got their chance to carry out the attack.
War Not Over
Suddenly, we heard a powerful explosion down the road after which a vehicle drove off the bodies of two bomb technicians. Unfortunately, such incidents are commonplace here even since the battle for Mosul ended.
Terrorist Underground Hideouts
Iraqi security services found a way to neutralize Daesh's "underground tactics." Instead of attacking basements that are swarming with armed militants, they merely sealed off an area and waited for the terrorists to come out with their hands up.
"The security forces surrounded these districts around a month ago. This strategy has proved effective. Instead of attacking hideouts and basements and losing our soldiers, we just sit it out. They come out after running of water and food stocks because they have no other choice. There is no power underground, and they are suffering from extremely high temperatures inside the basements," a senior security source said.
Many terrorists surrendered to the army after over the past few days failing to endure their underground prisons.
"The largest group of 40 militants gave up six days ago. Some other militants have failed to flee the city together with refugees," the source noted.
The remaining militants are being monitored by Iraqi forces, according to the source.