Iraqi army bulldozer takes on bomb-laden Daesh car
Watch dramatic footage of a bulldozer, driven by an Iraqi soldier, taking on an explosive-laden Daesh car in Mosul.
In the recently surfaced footage, recorded by a camera mounted in the bulldozer’s cabin, a car can be seen driving towards the vehicle, which uses its front bucket to push the speeding car bomb out of the way before it explodes.
“He came out from the side road. He did not know which way to go. We came face to face. He tried running away from my side. So I blocked him and he blew himself up,” Reuters quoted the bulldozer’s driver, identified as a member of Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, as saying on Friday.
“I sacrificed myself because my people were behind me. What? Let him pass to blow up my people?,” he added.
Following around seven months of fighting between Iraqi forces and the Takfiri terrorists, Daesh militants have been removed from most of Mosul and are expected to make their last stand around the Grand al-Nuri Mosque. Daesh’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, announced the forming of the group’s so-called caliphate from the mosque in 2014.
Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have made sweeping gains against the Takfiri elements since launching the Mosul operation.
The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.