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ISIS commander: 7,000 fighters ready to defend Mosul

Monday, October 3, 2016 3:12
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. October 3, 2016, 1:02 PM (IDT)

An Islamic State commander, Abu Azem al-Muhajir, from Saudi Arabia, claimed Monday that at least 7,000 fighters stood ready to defend Mosul, ISIS’ capital in Iraq, against the forthcoming US-Iraqi offensive. He said that the town has more than half-a-million Sunni Muslim inhabitants, who will never accept its return to Shiite rule from Baghdad. DEBKAfile: US intelligence estimates that no more than 3,000 ISIS fighters are present in Mosul. 

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