Iraqi forces regain historic city of Nimrud as anti-ISIS Mosul operation continues

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ISIS militants destroying archeological sites in the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northwestern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Duhok – Subsequent to clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants, the Iraqi forces on Saturday recaptured the historic city of Nimrud near Mosul, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.

“The liberation of Nimrud city comes as part of the Mosul Operation against Daesh terrorists,” an Iraqi Army officer said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The Iraqi Army General Command reported the death of dozens of ISIS militants in clashes near Nimrud before their troops were able to secure the city.

Archeological sites in the historic Assyrian city of Nimrud have been exposed to collective destruction by ISIS since the radical group took over the area in June 2014. At the time, the UNESCO warned of a “culture cleansing” by ISIS.

On October 17th, 2016, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a major battle for Mosul to liberate the city and its surroundings from ISIS.

Backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition, the Iraqi forces have recently took control of major towns in Mosul countryside beside recapturing several neighbourhoods in the city–which is deemed the main ISIS bastion in Iraq.

Reporting by: Ali Issa | Source: ARA News

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