Iraqi army mechanic Hussein works on a Humvee vehicle belonging to the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division in the Samah neighbourhood in Mosul, on November 17, 2016. AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Mosul mechanics fight Daesh with wrenchesThey are armed with wrenches instead of rifles and are rarely found on the front lines, but Mosul's mechanics are indispensable to the fight against Daesh (ISIS). "If the Humvees break down and the weapons stop working without anyone to repair them, how could we advance against [Daesh]?" says Lt. Col. Anwar Rajdi, who heads the mechanics unit of the elite Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service.The tall commander proudly says his unit is "the most important part" of the monthlong fight for Iraq's second city, the last one in the country still held by Daesh.An infographic distributed by the militant-linked Amaq news agency Tuesday said that Daesh destroyed nearly 50 Humvees and four tanks during the battle for Mosul.
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