Kurdish Peshmerga secure 15 more villages from ISIS near Mosul

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters targeting ISIS positions in Mosul suburb. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil – Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga on Thursday conquered 15 more villages from Islamic State (ISIS) militants as part of the ongoing battle for Mosul.

Peshmerga soldiers continued to press their offensive against ISIS in the northeastern countryside of Mosul. Today is the fourth day of an extensive operation aimed at retaking Mosul city from ISIS.

“Backed by air cover from the US-led coalition, Kurdish forces expelled Daesh terrorists from 15 more villages on Thursday,” a Peshmerga officer told ARA News, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The Kurdish Peshmerga have taken the lead in the battle for Mosul. On Monday, they pushed ISIS militants out of nine villages in an area measuring approximately 200 km2 and extended their control over the Erbil-Mosul road.

“Our forces have liberated 24 villages since the start of the Mosul operation,” the Peshmerga officer said.

“With the Kurdish forces advancing towards Mosul from the northeast and the Iraqi Army from the south, the process of liberating Mosul countryside may not take too long,” he told ARA News. “But the military campaign will continue until we liberate all of Mosul from the terrorists.”

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News

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