Peshmerga forces advance in northern Mosul

Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Wednesday, U.S. warplanes carried out several raids, targeting the main sites of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the city of Mosul, northern Iraq.

Groups of IS militant fighters in al-Muhandiseen district, Cultural Foundation and the headquarters of the FBS in the city of Mosul were targets to the U.S. air strikes on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish forces of the Peshemrga announced what it called anti-terrorism operations against IS militants.

Speaking to ARA News, an officer in the Peshmerga army (on the condition of anonymity) said that the Peshmerga launched an attack against a gathering of IS militants in the town of Batnaya in Tel Kef area (17 km north of Mosul) and targeted the town with heavy artillery.

“At least 9 militant fighters of IS were killed during the operation on Wednesday,” the officer said.

“Many military vehicles of IS were damaged during the Peshmerga’s military operation in Batnaya,” the source added.

After the rapid progress of the IS (ISIS) in Iraq and amid the looming international campaign against the group, IS leadership is reportedly faced with preparing some defensive plans to minimize the losses in its ranks.

According to the Peshmerga officer, the Kurdish forces regained control of the villages of Isqofk and Kani Tel, as well as the strategic Mount of Zartik, after fierce clashes with IS fighters.

“The Peshmerga army is advancing in northern countryside of Mosul, and we expect more losses in the ranks of IS extremists in the coming day, especially with the U.S. air strikes which facilitate our (Peshmerga) advance on ground,” the Kurdish officer told ARA News.

Noteworthy, the U.S. air strikes blocked the way in front of military reinforcements to militants of the Islamic State in Mosul. According to local sources, IS militants in the city of Mosul “are running out of ammunition”.


Reporting by: Serbaz Yusif

Source: ARA News

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