ISIS Has Tunnels Everywhere. Makes Them Much Harder To Defeat
Apr 17, 2017 15:23 IST
Tunnels are not just the purview of the Islamic State's small Afghanistan force. Like other guerrilla groups, the Islamic State has create tunnel systems underneath many of the cities and villages that they occupy. These pathways are essential to their strategy, enabling them to move stealthily, strike quickly, and then escape capture.
It's hard to know how many tunnels exist, or where. But anecdotal reports suggest that the network is extensive. After Mosul was liberated in 2015, for example, Iraqi troops and the Kurdish peshmerga found that the road into the city had been honeycombed with tunnels, many booby-trapped. Mosul, too, had an extensive under-layer of pathways. As an Iraqi intelligence officer told my colleague last year, "they're everywhere." The same was true underneath Fallujah.
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