3 soldiers killed as Iraqi forces battle Daesh in Mosul
3 soldiers killed as Iraqi forces battle Daesh in Mosul
The orphanage where the books were found was used to groom children to become ISIS child fighters
14 March, 2017, 00:44
"Mosul's liberation is increasingly in sight albeit with increasingly hard fighting ahead", McGurk said, adding that Iraqi forces were retaking "some of the most hard ground that we knew would have to be reclaimed".
An Iraqi Shia paramilitary group, the Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) of Shia jihadists, claimed to have made the discovery after driving the militants from the Badush area where the prison is located, as part of a wider USA and Iran-backed campaign to dislodge Daesh from the city of Mosul.
"The enemy has lost its fighting power and its resolve has weakened".
Saadi said he expects it will take less time to recapture the western half of the city than the east, which was cleared in January after 100 days of fighting.
Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat said that forces from the Rapid Response Division, another special forces unit, and the federal police were working to search and clear territory on the edge of Mosul's Old City. Thousands of Iraqi civilians have died in the fighting since October, and a total of more than 200,000 in total displaced from their homes.
Iraqi security forces guard the destroyed Mosque of the prophet Younis, or Jonah, in Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 11, 2017.
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Iraqi troops backed by the US military are tightening their grip around the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the city of Mosul.
One resident of Wadi Hajar district said that that a store giving out food aid exploded killing and injuring many civilians, including "young children". ISIS has also built a complex system of tunnels and bunkers, and no doubt will unleash even more suicide auto bombs as Iraqi forces move in.
Reuters also reported that as Iraqi forces have beaten back ISIS and gradually taken more control over the city, more evidence of war crimes committed by the Sunni Islamist militants against Shi'ite Muslims and other religious minorities have emerged. The US should expect to remain involved in Iraq to ensure that anti-ISIS gains stick and that conditions that allowed insurgent groups to emerge in 2013 are resolved. A mass grave containing some 500 bodies has been discovered in Badouch prison, and people come up to the liberating forces with stories to tell.
It still holds areas in western Iraq as well as across the border in Syria, including Raqqa.
In a 2014 report, Human Rights Watch said ISIS killed hundreds of prisoners, majority Shi'ites, when it seized Mosul that year.
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