3. Iraqi army, militias capture villages, base near Mosul
Iraqi army, militias capture villages, base near Mosul

Iraqi army, militias capture villages, base near Mosul

Coalition warplanes, meanwhile, strike positions in and around Daesh-held city


Iraqi army troops and Shia militiamen have captured six more villages near Mosul -- along with a military base -- from the Daesh terrorist group, a military source told Anadolu Agency late Wednesday.

According to Abdul-Amir Yarallah, a lieutenant-general in the Iraqi army, federal police forces had managed to "liberate" the village of Al-Azbah, located south of the Daesh-held city.

Yarallah also said the army’s Ninth Division had captured Aaqub village southeast of Mosul, while Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen had taken the villages of Tel Suwan, Tel Izzo, Tel Shiyan and Al-Hamra, all of which are located to the west of the city.

The Hashd al-Shaabi, an umbrella group of pro-government Shia militias, confirmed late Wednesday that it had seized Tal Afar Airport from the terrorist group.

Tal Afar is a majority-Turkmen city in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the provincial capital.

On Monday, the Hashd al-Shaabi -- in coordination with the Iraqi army's Joint Operations Command -- launched the third phase of an ongoing operation to retake areas east of Tal Afar, which is located some 65 kilometers west of Mosul. 



Iraqi Army Brigadier Munadil al-Badrani, meanwhile, told Anadolu Agency that airstrikes carried out Thursday by a U.S.-led coalition had destroyed seven Daesh positions in and around Mosul, killing an indeterminate number of militants.

Columns of smoke, al-Badrani said, could still be seen rising from targeted positions.

On Oct. 17, the Iraqi army -- backed by coalition airstrikes and local allies on the ground -- began a wide-ranging operation to retake Mosul, Daesh’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.

Once Iraq’s second largest city in terms of population, Mosul was overrun by the terrorist group -- along with areas in northern and western Iraq -- in mid-2014.

Recent months have seen the Iraqi army and its allies retake much territory, especially on Mosul’s outskirts and in Iraq’s western Anbar province.