The Iraqi army advance on the IS stronghold is being met by waves of bombers. One tank commander says he’s destroyed 200.
This is such an amazing story I realized I had to quote it by hand with my keyboard:
The ISIS suicide bomber raced down a potholed road at the wheel of a home-made armoured car with bolted-on sheets of metal.
Manoeuvring the main gun on a U.S. made M1 Abrams tank, Captain Mustafa Khaleel, a commander in the Iraqi Army's 9th armoured division, watched calmly as the vehicle flew towards him at full speed. Exhaling slowly, he aimed at his target and pulled the trigger.
Nothing happened. The gun had jammed. Stiff with panic, Khaleel, 29, watched as the car carried on towards him. The impact, when it came threw him against the tank's white painted metal interior--the explosion so loud it deafened him.
After coming to, Khaleel looked through the sights again. The car was gone, crushed beneath the tracks of the tank, which itself was barely damaged. Climbing out of the hatch he saw burnt pieces of the ISIS fighter's body scattered around him on the road.
"We were scared for a second," he grinned, leaning back on the commander's seat. "But, I've destroyed 200 of these suicide cars. They can't touch us. In Mosul I'll make it 300."
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