Iraq Support the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in Mosul

Help US Army advisors support the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State

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buys one metal detector to find IEDs

$250

funds the purchase of an aid bag for an ISOF medic

$60

buys a fully stocked individual first-aid kit for an Iraqi Special Forces Soldier

$18

buys one tourniquet to stop bleeding

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

In early 2014, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, emerged as one of the most brutal extremist organizations in the world. The group quickly conquered large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, subjecting the people living in those areas to unspeakable acts of cruelty. One of the cities captured during this time was Mosul, the largest city in Northern Iraq, with an estimated population (pre-ISIS) of over 1.8 million people.

Prior to its capture by ISIS, Mosul and its surrounding areas had an ethnically and religiously diverse population; the majority of Mosul’s population were Arabs, with Assyrians, Armenians, Turkmens, Kurds, and Yazidis, in addition to some other, smaller ethnic minorities. However, since its capture in June of 2014 by ISIS militants, the city has experienced untold horrors from mass murder to brutal public executions.

The city of Mosul, Ninevah Province, Iraq. (Courtesy of PBS)
The city of Mosul, Ninevah Province, Iraq. (Courtesy of PBS)

In October 2016, the Iraqi Government launched its long-awaited campaign to retake the city. In the months since the beginning of the operation, significant gains have been made to pry ISIS out of its last major stronghold in Iraq. However, the toll from fighting in such a large city has taken a toll on the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and their premier unit the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS).

With nearly two years to reinforce the city, ISIS has turned Mosul into a death trap. Rings of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used to channelize ISF into ambushes are followed by more rings of IEDs. According to US Special Operations Advisors in Iraq, their partners at the CTS have identified IEDs as the top threat to their Special Operators; medical supplies and metal detectors are the top priorities.

Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) react after a car bomb exploded during an operation to clear the al-Andalus district of ISIS militants, in Mosul, Iraq, January 16, 2017. (Courtesy of Press TV)
Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) react after a car bomb exploded during an operation to clear the al-Andalus district of ISIS militants, in Mosul, Iraq, January 16, 2017. (Courtesy of Press TV)

While the CTS and the ISF are working hard to keep up with the soaring demand for individual first aid kits, tourniquets, and mine detection equipment, more are needed.

Spirit of America is there on the front lines working to provide equipment and supplies to address these identified needs and gaps. With your help, we can save lives and help mitigate the damage done by the Islamic State.

100% of your gift will be used to purchase what is needed for this project. Donations in excess of the project's needs will be offered a refund.

 

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