Duhok – Clashes broke out on Friday between Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Units and Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in the southwestern suburb of Mosul.
The Iraqi forces were reportedly able to capture six neighbourhoods in Mosul City after hitting ISIS’ key positions there, forcing the group to retreat towards the city centre.
“Subsequent to clashes with Daesh [ISIS] terrorists, our Counter-Terrorism Units liberated the neighbourhoods of Malayan, al-Samah, al-Khadraa, Karkukli, al-Quds and Karama,” the Iraqi Army General Command said in a statement on Friday.
In the meantime, clashes continued between the Iraqi forces and ISIS militants in the al-Zahraa District of Mosul city.
Also on Friday, the Iraqi army bombed an ISIS explosives warehouse in the Hawija District and killed dozens of ISIS militants, army officer Eli Saddi told ARA News.
“Our forces also seized control of the villages Juhaina and Ghahoni after clashes with ISIS,” the officer said.
According to the Iraqi Army General Command, more than 2,000 Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists have been killed since the start of the battle for Mosul on October 17th.
The developments follow week-long battles in which the would-be Caliphate has suffered numerous defeats, retreats and desertions.
While the Iraqi Army had pushed up from the southeast, the Kurdish Peshmerga has swept down from the northeast. Kurdish soldiers have expelled ISIS from more than 25 villages and towns since the start of Mosul campaign.
According to Peshmerga officer Nechirvan Mirani, his comrades are “now only 7 km away from the city of Mosul.”
ISIS militants are now spread thin across three dynamic fronts, forcing Mosul’s jihadist defenders to gradually pull back into the city’s urban warrens.
Reporting by: Ehmed Sawes | Source: ARA News
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