Author: Paul Lehr
January 18, 2017: The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Commander claims the Iraqi government is in control of Mosul east of the Tigris River. It has been three months since the beginning of the Mosul Offensive to free ancient Nineveh from ISIS. The Iraqi army has claimed liberation for the eastern side of the city.
The United Nations estimates 125,000 people have left the area due to the war. However, the number of casualties has not been stated.
There are five bridges that join the two sides of Mosul. Iraqi government forces claim to be in control of all of the bridges. ISIS remains in complete control of the west side of the city. The next step in the conflict will be to eradicate ISIS from all of ancient Nineveh/Mosul. The west side of Mosul has long been considered the more difficult challenge.
Nahum 3:1 Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; her prey never departs.
Nahum 3:3 Horsemen charging, swords flashing, spears gleaming, many slain, a mass of corpses, and countless dead bodies. They stumble over the dead bodies!
Chapter 3 of Nahum describes a war torn Nineveh. The war is taking its toll on the city. Read the description from a citizen of the city. A health care worker was interviewed and the following excerpts are noted.
“The bodies of ISIS fighters are still lying in the streets and no-one has moved them. The rotting bodies could start an outbreak of disease.
“There is no power. No water. People are drinking from the wells here. This water is unsafe. The well water is contaminated with metals and acids.
“There are infectious diseases, skin diseases caused by dirty water. Children are not washing. A child should be clean so they can be healthy. We want them to be healthy. Families are doing what they can.
“But they’re getting skin diseases from polluted water, the environment and food. People have well water reaching their houses and children play near the water.
“They saw killings and beheadings on what ISIS call their ‘broadcasts’…It drained children emotionally.”
Caution, this link has very graphic pictures.
Nahum 2:9 Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! For there is no limit to the treasure, wealth from every kind of desirable object.
This is exactly what ISIS has done to the ancient city of Nineveh from the time they took possession in 2014.
ISIS completely obliterated the shrine of the prophet Jonah in 2014. News agencies are now able to report on the destruction created by ISIS.
“They have stolen every artifact they could transport out of Iraq to make some (money) and have destroyed whatever they couldn’t take,” stated Zuhair al-Jbouri of the National Mobilization Forces.
For pictures and video, click on the link from Kurdistan 24 News.
And don’t forget, a failing Mosul Dam sits 30-40 miles north of ancient Nineveh.
Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.