'Lion of Mosul' Iraqi soldier infiltrates IS, kills six

Iraq, War
Mr Qasim has reportedly been promoted to lieutenant for his efforts. Photo credit: Mohammed Qasim

An Iraqi soldier who infiltrated Islamic State forces in Mosul has been dubbed "The Lion of Mosul" for his heroics in killing six of their own during the last days of the caliphate rule in the Iraqi stronghold.

Mohammed Qasim, 25, disguised himself and carried an AK-47 with him to blend in with the enemy, according to the Daily Mail.

His task was to identify machine gun and sniper nests, he also shot dead six IS fighters in the process.

Through the information he sourced, attacking Iraqi forces were able to shell certain positions accurately, giving the invading forces the upper hand.

As an acknowledgment of his achievement, it's reported Mr Qasim has since received a promotion to the rank of lieutenant.

Iraqi General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi also publicly praised his actions saying his sacrifice was key to the push for Mosul.

"We are all very proud of what this soldier did. He is a very brave man. He makes us all hold our heads up high," he said.