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ISIS digging trenches preparing for ‘hell on earth’ in Mosul, US military says

Islamic State fighters in Mosul are digging trenches and can be seen pouring oil in some of them to bolster their defensive positions in Iraq’s second largest city ahead of an expected U.S.-backed Iraqi ground assault on the city, the U.S. military said Friday.

ISIS is preparing for “hell on earth,” said Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, who added that the terror group is moving large walls to slow down the invasion.

Burning oil or tires produces a thick black smoke that can block the view from overhead, masking movements by US aircraft, including drones.

Dorrian said ISIS has been burning oil fields near a U.S. base in Qayyarah, located 25 miles south of Mosul. He said ISIS was using the smoke to “mask movements.”

Fox News is told “if the stars align,” the Iraqi-led ground invasion could happen as soon as the next few weeks in mid-October.

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