|| United States
||Matthew Michael Carnahan
||Conde Nast Entertainment
Mosul is a 2019 Netflix war film written and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Loosely adapted from the 2017 New Yorker article "The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS", the film stars Adam Bessa as Kawa, a young Iraqi police officer who is recruited to join the elite Nineveh Province SWAT team as they carry out a dangerous mission during the Battle of Mosul. The film premiered on Netflix on November 26, 2020.
The following weapons were used in the film Mosul:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Kawa Salah Al-Faily (Adam Bessa) and his partner Jameel Ziad Al Qurtibi (Ali Al Jarrah) use Glock 17 pistols while defending themselves from an ISIS attack in the introduction. Members of the Nineveh SWAT team are also equipped with Glock 17s as their sidearms.
3rd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm. Note the finger grooves, thumb reliefs, and accessory rail on the frame, which differentiate it from the older model.
Kawa Salah Al-Faily (Adam Bessa) holds a Glock 17 while under fire from ISIS fighters.
A Glock 17 lies next to a wounded Iraqi police officer.
Members of the Nineveh SWAT team wield Glocks during a raid.
Commander Jasem (Suhail Dabbach), the leader of the SWAT team, carries a Glock 19 pistol as his sidearm.
Glock 19 (3rd Generation) - 9x19mm
Commander Jasem (Suhail Dabbach) holds a Glock 19.
SWAT team members Waleed (Is'haq Elias) and Kamal (Qutaiba Abdelhaq) use Beretta 92FS pistols as their sidearms.
Waleed uses a Beretta 92FS while clearing an ISIS sniper nest.
Waleed uses a suppressed Beretta 92FS during a raid.
Waleed's Beretta 92FS as seen in a close-up shot.
Commander Jasem, Amir (Mohimen Mahbuba), and Hooka (Thaer Al Shayei) use AK-47 rifles as their main weapons. Jasem's AK-47 is modified with a railed handguard and foregrip, a Tapco Intrafuse folding stock and an EOTech holosight.
Type 3 AK-47 with laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
Hooka (Thaer Al Shayei), armed with an AK-47, enters the cafe that Kawa and Jameel are sheltering in.
Amir (Mohimen Mahbuba) holds an AK-47.
Cybergun AK-47 - for illustrative purposes.
Jasem aims his modified AK-47.
Jasem's AK-47 in a full profile shot, showing the modifications including a modernized handguard with foregrip, EOTech sight, Tapco Intrafuse folding stock, and magazines taped "jungle-style".
Jasem returns fire during a shootout. Note that although the rifle has an attached EOTech sight, Jasem appears to be looking below it while aiming.
SWAT team members are seen using the AKS-47. An ISIS fighter also uses an AKS-47 during a gun battle.
Type 3 AKS-47 with stock folded - 7.62x39mm
Nineveh Province SWAT team members hold AKS-47s after clearing out an ISIS position.
An ISIS fighter with an AKS-47 comes under fire from the SWAT team.
Several members of the SWAT team, most notably Waleed, are armed with the AKM. ISIS fighters also use AKM rifles while battling the SWAT team.
The SWAT team enters the cafe after rescuing Kawa and his partner. The differences between the AKM (left) and the earlier AK-47 (right) are observable in this image.
Waleed uses an AKM while covering the SWAT team's rear.
Kawa is seen with an AKMS, which in a continuity error occasionally becomes a Norinco Type 56-1 in certain scenes.
Kawa scans the rooftops with his AKMS.
Kawa advances with his AKMS.
Norinco Type 56-1
Kawa is given a Norinco Type 56-1 rifle when he joins the Nineveh SWAT team. As mentioned above, the Type 56-1 occasionally becomes an AKMS in certain scenes.
Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
Kawa holds a Type 56-1 while leading the team, as distinguished by the distinctive hooded front sight.
Razak (Faycal Attougui) uses a Type 56-1, as noted by the receiver and the chromed bolt carrier.
ISIS fighters, Iraqi Army soldiers and Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces / PMU) militiamen are seen using 5.56x45mm Valmet M76 rifles.
Valmet M76 - 5.56x45mm. The Valmet M76 was also offered in 7.62x39mm
An ISIS fighter with a Valmet M76 assaults the cafe where Kawa has taken refuge. Another ISIS fighter disembarking from the pickup truck in the background is also holding a M76.
Iraqi Army soldiers armed with Valmet M76s surround a civilian. While Iraqi Army units use a variety of small arms (including numerous Kalashnikov variants), they do not use the Valmet M76 in real life.
A Hashd al-Shaabi militiaman holds a Valmet M76.
A PMU militiaman can be seen with a Beretta SCP-70/90 carbine when the SWAT team meets with a PMU group to barter for ammunition.
Beretta SCP-70/90 with stock folded. SCP version (S
aratroopers) is used by Paratroopers and rarely by Operazione Strade Sicure
soldiers . - 5.56x45mm NATO
A PMU militiaman holds a Beretta SCP-70/90.
Another shot of the SCP-70/90 shows the distinctive carry handle, as well as the short barrel that distinguishes it as the carbine variant of the Beretta SC-70/90.
Akram (Mohamed Attougui) uses an Israeli IMI Romat heavy barrel rifle as his main weapon.
IMI Romat - 7.62x51mm NATO
Akram returns fire with the IMI Romat during an ambush. Although it is not completely improbable that an Iraqi police officer would use a FN FAL
variant or a 7.62x51mm weapon, it is unlikely that such a weapon would be used given the difficulties the SWAT team had in acquiring ammunition as described in the source material and depicted in the film.
Akram scans the rooftops of an alleyway with his IMI Romat.
Akram and Commander Jasem open fire during an assault on an ISIS base.
IRGC Colonel Kaveh Afsahani (Waleed Elgadi), the leader of the PMU group that the SWAT team encounters, uses a M4A1 Carbine with a foregrip and an ACOG sight to shoot down ISIS suicide drones. During an argument with Commander Jasem, he refers to the rifle as an "Iraqi Army rifle for sale, never been fired, only been dropped once."
Colt M4A1 with 4 position collapsible stock, RIS foregrip, folding rear sight, and ACOG scope - 5.56x45mm NATO
Colonel Afsahani aims his M4A1 carbine as Commander Jasem notes the contradiction of an Iranian colonel using an American-made rifle in Iraq.
A close-up of the M4A1 Carbine shows that it is equipped with railed handguards, the six-position "LE" buttstock and an ACOG sight.
One of the PMU militiamen is armed with a Franchi PA8 shotgun.
The distinctive folding stock of the Franchi PA8 can be seen.
A full profile shot of the Franchi PA8 is seen as Colonel Afsahani opens up boxes of ammunition. Note that while Iranian advisors often work with PMU groups in Iraq, it is unlikely that they would wear the official IRGC uniform with ranks openly displayed while in the middle of an active combat zone.
An ISIS sniper uses a Norinco NDM-86 in 7.62x51mm, as distinguished by the magazine, to shoot at civilians who are fleeing ISIS territory. After the sniper is eliminated, Amir takes the NDM-86 and uses it for the remainder of the film.
Norinco NDM-86 - .308 Winchester / 7.62x51mm NATO
The ISIS sniper takes cover during a gun battle with the SWAT team.
Amir takes cover during an ISIS drone attack. The distinctive straight 7.62x51mm magazine that distinguishes the Norinco NDM-86 can be seen in this shot, which differs from the curved 7.62x54mm magazine seen on the SVD. Although the rifle appears to have non-standard black furniture, a closer inspection reveals that the rifle simply has had its standard wooden furniture painted black.
Amir uses the NDM-86 to provide cover fire during the SWAT team's assault on an ISIS base.
A genuine SVD Dragunov is also found by the SWAT team when they storm the ISIS sniper nest. Waleed is seen detaching the PSO-1 sight from the rifle in order to use it to survey the surrounding area.
SVD Dragunov - 7.62x54mm R
ZB-53 / vz.37 Machine Gun
A ZB-53 / vz. 37 machine gun is mounted on the turrets of two of the SWAT team's Humvees. Although the ZB-53 is not an anachronistic weapon, it is likely used as a substitute for the DsHK machine guns that are mentioned in the source article.
ZB 53 / vz. 37 machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The SWAT team approaches the ISIS-controlled portion of Mosul.
The ZB 53 is fired at ISIS positions.
A side profile shot of the ZB 53.
The ZB 53 is fired during an ISIS ambush.
M60 Machine Gun
The SWAT team's third Humvee has a M60 Machine Gun mounted on its turret. In the source article that the film is based on, the Nineveh Province SWAT team is seen using PKM machine guns and the team is noted to be completely equipped with Soviet bloc firearms, in contrast to the American-supplied Iraqi special operations forces they are working with.
M60 machine gun with bipod extended - 7.62x51mm NATO
The M60, as mounted to one of the SWAT team's Humvees.
The M60 is fired at ISIS positions.
Iraqi Federal Police officers and ISIS fighters are seen using the Zastava M72 light machine gun.
Zastava M72 with 30-round box magazine - 7.62x39mm
An ISIS fighter prepares to fire a Zastava M72.
Hand grenades are used by ISIS fighters in the introduction. Later, Waleed is seen priming a hand grenade during a standoff between the SWAT team and the PMU group.
A hand grenade lands next to Kawa during the introductory scene.
Waleed clutches a hand grenade during the standoff with the PMU group.
Waleed trades a hookah for a PMU militiaman's RPG-7 launcher and a single rocket, which he later uses in an assault on an ISIS base.
The RPG-7, as strapped to Waleed's back.
Waleed grabs the RPG-7 as Jasem surveys the ISIS base.