The soldiers of ISIS, or alternatively ISIL, are brave and fight, quite literally, to the last man.
In the hospital, the site of their last stand as about 30 jihadists found themselves surrounded, Kurdish forces found the evidence of what they were now up against as a result of that Iraqi failure.
Four US armoured Hummers stood in the yard, while among the weapons found abandoned in the hospital itself were American M16 rifles, as well as high-powered sniper rifles.
Nevertheless, it came as a surprise that the handful of jihadists who remained in the hospital were able to hold out so long. Following the strike by a British Tornado on Wednesday afternoon, the fighting continued well into the night. In all, the jihadists sent out five suicide bombers to detonate themselves in front of the attackers, one soldier said.
At 4am on Thursday morning, more air strikes were called in, but still the jihadists kept firing. Finally, around 8am, the Kurds sent in a final attack led by tanks.
“Even then, when we reached the building, they were firing at us,” said Lt Col Garib Saddu. “It was one man.”
[playing ‘Taps’] Outnumbered by 1,500 to 30 — the reporter said as much — they kept fighting.
“It was one man.”