A new propaganda video shows how desperate ISIS killers are carrying out ever more brutal war crimes as Iraqi forces close in on Mosul.
Islamic State die hards are clinging on to the well-defended city but elite Iraqi special forces are now just a few hundred yards from breaking in.
In the sickening new footage, children and pensioners are shown being forced to carry out horrific executions.
Ruthless ISIS leaders are also shown crucifying alleged traitors in a bid to terrorise the remaining population under their control.
ISIS share crucifixion video ISIS shared a sickening new propaganda video as they battle to keep control of Mosul
ISIS share crucifixion video Victims are crucified in the horrific video in a bid to terrorise the remaining population
Some commanders fear the battle to liberate Iraq’s second city could take months before the last remnants of the 5,000 plus ISIS force are killed or captured.
Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organisation, the largest Shia militia fighting with Iraqi government forces, said from the southern frontline: “The battle of Mosul will not be a picnic. We are prepared for the battle of Mosul even if it lasts for months”.
Troops from Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) were moving in on Gogjali, an industrial zone on Mosul’s eastern outskirts, and expected to enter it tonight.
The area is less than a mile from the administrative border of Mosul.
An Iraqi military statement said: “The operation to liberate the left bank of Mosul has started.”
The capture of Mosul would mark the militants’ effective defeat in the Iraqi half of the caliphate that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared two years ago from the city’s Grand Mosque.
It is still home to 1.5 million terrified residents, making it four of five times bigger than any other city they seized in both Iraq and Syria.
Since ISIS stormed Mosul two years ago they have raped women, forced children into being suicide bombers and murdered thousands of men and women