MOSUL — Residents of a small village in southern Mosul have uprised against the Islamic State (IS) militants and managed to drive them out from their village.
SkyNews Arabia reported that people of al-Houd village in southern Mosul revolted against IS and managed to clear their area from the extremist group after killing 9 militants.
The residents were disappointed in Iraqi army's efforts to support them against IS. Sabri Abdulla , a former commander from the Iraqi air force and one of the residents of the village, said that "we asked the Iraqi army to support us against IS but they said they were not ordered to join us, therefore we carried out an uprising alone."
Abdulla added that IS militants have used thousands of civilians in the village as human shields.
UN has expressed concern about those uprisings that may push IS to take revenge on the civilians, particularly following the call for other neighboring villages to join the uprising against IS.
On October 17, the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with the US-led coalition air support, began a massive attack on Mosul to reclaim it from the Islamic State (IS). Currently Mosul is half-encircled, with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces making rapid territorial gains in the east and north of the city.