Iraqi forces engaged in clashes for seven days in the Hayl Zubbat town before capturing southwestern Mosul.
Hussein Kasim Amiri, an Iraqi commander, reported upon capturing the city, he was suprised to see that Ninawa Ishik College, a school linked to the the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), was untouched.
“We captured the city, we analyzed each area carefully. While searching for the ISIS terrorists we thought could be hiding in houses, we came across the most protected area, the Street the FETÖ school was on," said Amiri.
On our maps, it showed that the school was here in 2012 and we had just assumed that it had been burnt or harmed. When we went to the school we saw that it hadn't been damaged at all. The school's signage and equipment was intact. We were all shocked."
Military sources have reported that ISIS does not allow the use of any alphabet other than Arabic. Ninawa Ishik College, which is located 2 kilometers away from ISIS's security center, has signs and colourful writing on the walls written in English.
It is not yet known why ISIS, who destroyed the Mosul Museum and put the ISIS symbol all over the historical Mosul University and all primary schools, did not inflict any damage upon Ninawa Ishik College.
Residents of the Hayl Zubbat town said that Ninawa Ishik College shut down for three months when ISIS first captured the city, before four people came and opened the school. Residents also reported that they believed ISIS intelligence operations were conducted in the school, and that people coming in and out of the school were transported by private vehicles.
FETÖ terrorists are led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who orchestrated Turkey's July 15 coup plot and is the mastermind behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.