Iraqi army forces. File photo
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ERBIL – The Iraqi army forces announced on Thursday the “liberation” of the Sharqat District in Saladin Governorate from militants of the Islamic State (ISIS).
More than 160,000 civilians have been displaced from Sharqat due to the fighting between the Iraqi forces and ISIS militants.
“After months of heavy fighting against Daesh [ISIS] terrorists, the Iraqi army was able on Thursday evening to fully liberate Sharqat District,” said Jamal al-Mukhtar, official spokesman of the Saladin Governorate.
Hundreds of ISIS militants were killed in the fight for Sharqat, an Iraqi army officer told ARA News. “In the coming days, the Iraqi troops will work on dismantling explosives left by Daesh in the District,” he said.
This comes just one day after the Iraqi army cut off a major ISIS supply route between Sharqat District and Mosul city –main ISIS bastion in Iraq.
“This route was a key supply-line for Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in northern Iraq. It linked the Daesh-held major city of Mosul with the Sharqat District and the Baaj District,” army commander Salim al-Jabouri told ARA News.
Reporting by: Chalak Haji
Source: ARA News