Mosul: ISIS sends ‘suicide squads’ to Iraqi stronghold

Updated 12:29 PM EDT, Wed October 26, 2016

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Hundreds of ISIS fighters streaming into Mosul, witnesses say

Fighters have been seen rigging bridges with explosives

(CNN) —  

ISIS is sending “suicide squads” from Syria to its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, witnesses have told CNN, as tens of thousands of troops close in on the key city to take it from the militant group’s control.

Witnesses said hundreds of new arrivals had streamed into Mosul from the group’s heartland of Raqqa, Syria, in the past two days, describing them as foreign fighters wearing distinct uniforms and suicide belts, and carrying light weapons.

ISIS fighters have been seen rigging bridges across the strategic Tigris river with explosives and have prepared dozens of vehicle-borne suicide bombs.