Friday, January 06, 2017

Iraqi Government Forces Make Fresh Gains in Terrorist-held Mosul
Pars Today Radio

Iraqi army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units, have made further advances into Mosul as they seek to drive out Daesh Takfiri terrorists from their last urban stronghold in the violence-wracked West Asian country.

Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah said the 71st Brigade of the 15th Division together with the 76th Brigade of the 166th Division in the Iraqi army managed to liberate dozens of housing units in Mosul’s northern neighborhood of  al-Hodaba from the grip of Daesh on Friday noon, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.

The high-ranking Iraqi military figure put the number of retaken apartments at 168.

Army soldiers and allied Popular Mobilization Units fighters – commonly known by the Arabic world Hashd al-Sha’abi, also drove back Daesh extremists from Muthanna district in eastern Mosul.

Separately, Iraqi government soldiers and their allies recaptured a northern village from Daesh, hours after the extremist militants seized it in a surprise attack.

 A local security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said  the Iraqi forces, backed by helicopters, dislodged Daesh terrorists from the village of Abu Dalf in the northern province of Salahuddin.

Eight government troops, including two senior officers, lost their lives in the fighting. “Six Daesh elements were also killed,” the official added.

Moreover, Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters retook the villages of Sahl Ahmad and Malah southwest of Mosul from Daesh on Friday.

Iraqi army soldiers, supported by Hashd al-Sha’abi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched a joint operation on October 17 to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists.

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