Monday, 26 June, 2017

New push to drive IS from 4 neighborhoods in Mosul

Pro-government Iraqi forces south of Hawijah on 10 October 2016 prepare to retake Mosul Pro-government Iraqi forces south of Hawijah on 10 October 2016 prepare to retake Mosul
Saul Franklin | 17 May, 2017, 13:29

In March, the US acknowledged its forces launched an airstrike in western Mosul earlier that month that witnesses tell the AP killed more than 100 people.

Mosul, 400 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, has been under IS control since June 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions.

UNHCR calls on all parties in the fighting to ensure civilians are not prevented from leaving conflict zones and are given access to safe areas, including people now trapped in Mosul, Mahecic said, adding: "Equally, civilians must not be forced to return to unsafe areas".

An Iraqi special forces soldier peers at Islamic State militant positions, in western Mosul, Iraq, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Yar Allah says the forces "have broken through the enemy fortifications" without giving more details.

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Friday that 630,000 civilians have been displaced from Iraq's Mosul since the battle against the Daesh terror group began in October.

ISIS fighers are sometimes executed at the front lines, while others are executed after being interrogated, a Mosul-based commander told Integrated Regional Information Networks, a nonprofit media site that focuses on conflict zones.

PMF units freed eight villages from ISIL militants on the fourth day of an operation aimed at driving out the takfiri militants from the areas near the Iraqi-Syrian border in west of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

The barbarity of ISIS fighters, who have repeatedly executed Mosul residents accused of collaborating with the Iraqi Army, seems to have done them no favors. Parked in the garage of another house on the same street was an armor-plated vehicle which had been rigged with a suicide bomb.In the nearby Ureibi district, which is partially controlled by Iraqi forces, a Reuters reporter saw the bloodied corpse of an Islamic State sniper in a children's room on the upper floor of a house.

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