A sniper with the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service fires his weapon at Islamic State militants in the al-Zahraa neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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The small walkie-talkie that Iraq's elite Counter Terrorism Service seized from a Daesh (ISIS) member in Mosul last week has proven priceless in their drive for Iraq's second city.All day, members of the CTS' Mosul and Najaf regiments take turns clutching the device up to their ears to intercept communications between militants in the city, the last one Daesh holds in Iraq.The battle to retake Mosul is now in its fourth week, and CTS forces have been at the forefront of the assault on the city's eastern approaches, pushing Daesh back from several neighborhoods.Five Daesh walkie-talkies have been seized so far in Mosul and divvied up among various CTS regiments so that each can keep constant tabs on Daesh movements.Two of Fadhel's fighters – Ahmad and Mohammad – are on walkie-talkie duty.
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