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Tags: iraq | isis | mosul | battle | resistance fighters | Mosul Liberation Battalions

NBC News: Iraqi Resistance Fighters Battling ISIS in Mosul

By    |   Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:19 PM EST

Resistance fighters not directly affiliated with Iraq's government have been battling Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Mosul, according to a report.

Iraq's Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi told NBC News the volunteer force has launched hundreds of attacks on ISIS positions.

The so-called Mosul Liberation Battalions have been battling ISIS fighters through sniper attacks, homemade bombs, and weapons they either find or steal. They're comprised of former military officers, tribesman, students, and businessmen, according to NBC.

"The government cannot send them anything," al-Nujaifi told NBC. "All their operations are planned and implemented according to resources they have."

The resistance fighters are relying on weapons and munitions taken from Sunni extremists or whatever they find in the city.

Al-Nujaifi said the group has executed more than 300 attacks in Mosul and Nineveh Province. Four members have been killed in action, while another was captured and eventually executed, reports NBC.

ISIS, according to the vice president, knows of the group's existence.

"Sure, they know," al-Nujaifi said. "The battalions are targeting ISIS fighters on a daily basis and some senior ISIS leaders were killed by the elements of the battalions."

Situated in northern Iraq, Mosul fell into the hands of ISIS last summer. It currently is the largest city controlled by the terror group.

The Daily Caller reports the Iraqi Army is gearing up for an offensive with 80,000 troops to take back the city. ISIS, meanwhile, is fortifying the city and even accepted bids from contractors to build a trench around Mosul for defensive purposes, Business Insider reports.

The U.S. military has also been targeting ISIS strongholds in the city.

The vice president told NBC that although ISIS has cut phone lines in Mosul, the government can communicate with resistance fighters through cell phones and couriers.

"We know exactly all details of their activities," he said.

ISIS seized control of Mosul last June in what was hardly a fight, according to reports. The Iraqi Army should have had around 25,000 soldiers and police to guard the city against the attack, but corruption within the ranks meant there were no more than 10,000 on hand.

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Resistance fighters not directly affiliated with Iraq's government have been battling Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Mosul, according to a report.
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