The war on ISIS is far from over, and Special Forces soldiers are doing everything within their power to speed the process up. One solider, though swapped his M4 rifle for an AK-47 for an unorthodox mission. He disguised himself as an ISIS militant in Mosul. Behind the lines, he killed six ISIS militants picked up intelligence before heading home.
Last Thursday, Mohammed Qasim, who has been dubbed the Lion of Mosul, entered no-man’s land wearing typical ISIS militant garb.
The 25-year-old didn’t raise any alarms and proceeded to gather intelligence on where snipers were located and where ISIS munition depots were being held, before shooting six militants dead and making his escape.
Back with his company, he divulged the information he had gathered. Shortly after briefing his commander, Iraqi special forces gave the order to hit the locations with mortars, airstrikes, and a ground-based attack.
The mission took hours to complete, reports the Mirror, and the infiltration and attack saved the lives of countless soldiers and civilians alike.
Qasim, an SAS trained soldier, received a promotion to lieutenant for his heroic actions and praise from a general. General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi said: “We are all very proud of what this soldier did. He is a very brave man. He makes us all hold our heads up high.”
According to a source close to the operation, Qasim “didn’t even think twice when the idea came up and he made himself a volunteer immediately.”
“If he was captured he would have been tortured very slowly and held up as a trophy by Islamic State fighters,” the source added. The idea initially came after ISIS militants had pinned down Special Force soldiers, and they had no idea where they were hiding.
The Iraqi Army and his fellow Special Forces soldiers were briefed on the situation in order to avoid friendly fire when Qasim crossed into no-man’s land.
Recently, Mosul was forcefully taken from the grasp of ISIS. The battle for the city, which lasted for nine months, was finally over after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory stating: “I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which the terrorist Daesh announced from Mosul.”