Iraqi forces report new gains in battle for Mosul

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Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces. File photo: AFP

ARA News

Duhok – General Command of the Iraqi Army said on Sunday that their forces have regained control of several neighbourhoods in the city of Mosul subsequent to heavy fighting with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.

“Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Units liberated the neighbourhoods of al-Orbajiyah and al-Qadisiya al-Thaniya in eastern Mosul after killing dozens of ISIS terrorists and destroying nine ISIS vehicles,” Commander of the Mosul Campaign Abdulamir Rashid Yarallah said in a statement.

The Iraqi forces also imposed a siege on the ISIS-held Adan district in Mosul.

In the meantime, the Islamic State’s Nineveh Media Office reported that ISIS fighters carried out three car bomb attacks, targeting headquarters of the Iraqi Army.

The attacks killed at least 38 Iraqi forces and led to the destruction of eight military vehicles.

Last week, 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 [Iraqi] Counter-Terrorism Units liberated the neighbourhoods of Malayan, al-Samah, al-Khadraa, Karkukli, al-Quds and Karama.”

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.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri and Sadraddin Kino | Source: ARA News

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