IS Opens Oil Pipe in Tigris River in Southern Mosul

02/08/2016 - 16:51

ERBIL A military source from the leadership of Nineveh operations said on Tuesday that the Islamic State (IS) has opened an oil pipe to let the oil flow into the Tigris River near Qayara (45 km south of Mosul) to pollute its water.

Amir Wathiq, an officer from the leadership of Nineveh operations told BasNews that IS has opened the pipe in the Tigris River since early on Monday in retaliation for the defeats it has faced lately in the area at the hands of the security forces.

The source added that the militants have also blew up eight houses on Tuesday morning which were used by the group as bases or detention in Qayara.

The militants destroyed the houses apparently to prevent the Iraqi forces from using them while the group is withdrawing from the area.

The recent territorial gains against IS in central and northern Iraq has further isolated them in Mosul, with the Iraqi top officials claiming the liberation of the city to happen before the end of 2016.

Qayara airbase, approximately 45 kilometers south of Mosul, was liberated form IS on July 9th in preparations of the Iraqi army to pave the ground for an assault on the group's main bastion in Iraq, Mosul.

US officials previously highlighted the seizure of the airbase, saying that the government will command the Mosul assault from the base.