Mohammed Qasim, 25, fought in Mosul with the SAS-trained Golden Division. His group was under attack by ISIS but they couldn’t tell where it was coming from. Qasim volunteered to disguise himself and infiltrate ISIS.
He was successful and found the threat and facilitated the meeting of six ISIS terrorists with Allah. He returned to his troop and gave his commanders the coordinates of the attackers and the Iraqis quickly and effectively took them out.
Mohammed’s brave actions came in the closing days of the battle for Mosul while fighting with the SAS-trained Gold Divison of the Iraqi special forces, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Iraqi advance into Mosul’s Old City had been halted after they came under fire from ISIS, but could not figure out where from.
Commanders devised a plan for someone to infiltrate the militants, and Mohammed volunteered himself
His daring mission, which a source said saved dozens of military and civilian lives, saw him promoted in the field to the rank of lieutenant.
General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi said: ‘We are all very proud of what this soldier did. He is a very brave man. He makes us all hold our heads up high.’
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Mosul officially liberated from ISIS earlier this week, following almost eight months of fighting to retake the city.
Combat was most fierce in the streets of the Old City, with US commanders calling it the most intense seen since the end of the Second World War.
In total, it took more than four months to drive the fanatics from their hideouts there in a battle that reduced most of the district to rubble, causing an estimated $1billion worth of damage.
More than 2,000 ISIS fighters were killed in the fighting, while 1,000 Iraqi soldiers are reported to have died.