A member of the Iraqi forces inspects a tunnel that was reportedly used as a training centre by the jihadists of ISIS, on March 1, 2017, in the village of Albu Sayf, on the southern outskirts of Mosul. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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The mouth of the tunnel is hardly visible on a muddy hillside overlooking Mosul, where fighting now rages between Iraqi forces and Daesh (ISIS) militants.Iraqi forces discovered the underground training camp after regaining control of the hillside last month in the early stages of a campaign to dislodge Daesh militants from Mosul's western half.Locals tipped them off about the location of the camp, which reveals the extent of Daesh's determination, despite the overwhelming number and firepower of the forces arrayed against it, which are backed by a U.S.-led coalition.Clambering down a bank of earth that concealed the entrance, two Iraqi soldiers went into the tunnel – about 7 meters high by 5 meters wide, lighting the way with their mobile phones.It is not clear how many recruits passed through the camp or what became of them.
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