Iraq City Mosul Seized By Al Qaeda Splinter Group

Posted on June 11, 2014. Filed under Intelligence & Security News

A state of emergency has been declared in Iraq after militants effectively seized control of the country’s second city.

Security forces abandoned their posts in Mosul after fighters, armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, overran government and military buildings.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has said the government would arm citizens to fight the militants, who are believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

An army colonel in the local military command said: “We have lost Mosul… Army and police forces left their positions and ISIL terrorists are in full control. It’s a total collapse for the security forces.”

Thousands of families have fled to the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq’s north. Cars and trucks were seen queuing at a checkpoint on the boundary to the region.

Police were discarding uniforms and weapons and fleeing the city of two million people, where the ISIL black flag was flying over government buildings.

“Mosul now is like hell. It’s in flames and death is everywhere,” said widow Amina Ibrahim, who was leaving with her children.

Sky News Arabia sources say around 1,400 prisoners have been released after gunmen torched several police stations in Mosul, which is a former al Qaeda stronghold.


11th June 2014, Sky News