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DUHOK – Iraqi army forces were able to recapture a key village from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern province of Nineveh, killing dozens of jihadis and wounding a number of others, military sources reported on Monday.
“Backed by the US-led coalition and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Iraqi army recaptured a key village southwest of Makhmour, killing dozens of ISIS militants and forcing many others to flee the area,” the Nineveh operations command in the Iraqi army said in an official statement.
Lt. Izzedin Wanki in the Peshmerga forces told ARA News that the Peshmergas stationed in the center of Makhmour district have supported the Iraqi army forces who were able to advance in this fighting front.
“Iraqi military operations in the province are of paramount importance for they will crack down on the terror group in its strongholds on the east bank of the Tigris river, and pave the way for ISIS defeat in the near future,” Wanki reported.
In March, the Nineveh operations command in the Iraqi army launched the battle for Nineveh in an attempt to liberate the entire province from ISIS militants with the support of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Popular Mobilization forces and the US-led coalition.
However, the process has faced criticism by monitoring groups. The operations witnessed a period of dormancy which diminished any opportunity for real achievements in the Nineveh province, according to observers.
Backed by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi government forces have been preparing for an extended military campaign to recapture Mosul from the ISIS extremist group.
Mosul was controlled by ISIS in June 2014. The presence of a social incubator of Sunni tribes – who had been strained by the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s policy– has facilitated the radical group’s control over the city, which turned later into a de facto capital for ISIS in Iraq.
Reporting by: Ali Issa
Source: ARA News