Armed resistance group activity inside Mosul has increased conspicuously in recent months. A figurehead of the ‘Mosul Brigades’ group talks about the origins of them.
Initially, he says, the groups were operating on a strict no explosives basis, carrying out targeted assassinations only. This softer approach was at a time when ISIS were trying to boost publicity and get positive media attention in 2014.
However, ISIS foolishly began to aggravate the city’s people, enforcing stricter rules and punishments, which reports suggest have been becoming increasingly psychotic.
This has galvanised armed resistance groups into increasing their activity – there are now increasing reports of assassinations of officials and a declining presence of the militant group in the city as they flee to other regions.