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‘Lion of Mosul’ Helped Turn the Tide to Drive ISIS Out of Iraq

In every battle, there is someone who takes risks others would not for the sake of victory.

In the fight to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, that man was Mohammed Qasim, 25, who has been dubbed the “Lion of Mosul” for a mission that Iraqi leaders say allowed their stalled drive to regain the momentum needed to win the fight against ISIS.

During the closing days of the fight for Mosul, Iraqi forces were unable to locate the nest of ISIS fighters who were able to pin down the army’s advance.

The Iraq Army needed someone to go behind enemy lines, infiltrate ISIS, locate the ISIS attackers and bring that information back to the Iraqi Army.

Qasim volunteered. He swapped his uniform for the garb of a terrorist and went into the ISIS-held territory.

Once he’d identified the positions the Iraqi needed to destroy, he shot six ISIS soldiers dead and returned alive. The Iraqi Army used his intelligence to bombard the positions Qasim identified and then overwhelm them with infantry.

“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,” said General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi.

The mission resulted in a field promotion to lieutenant for Qasim.

Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Mosul had been liberated in a visit to the city this week, the battle to regain Mosul lasted nearly eight months.

“I have been with the Iraqi Army for 40 years,” said Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aradi, a commander of Iraq’s special forces. “I have participated in all of the battles of Iraq, but I’ve never seen anything like the battle for the Old City.”

“We have been fighting for each meter. And when I say we have been fighting for each meter, I mean it literally,” he said.

The scars of the fighting are shown in the estimates of what it will cost to rebuild the city.

Lise Grande, the deputy special representative for Iraq for the United Nations secretary general, said that experts estimate that the immediate rebuilding needs will top $700 million.