The Iraqi army liberated from the militants groups “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia), six districts in the East of Mosul (115 square kilometers), said the commander of the operation General Abdel Amin Yaralla, reports Iraqi News.
According to him, taken control of the neighborhoods of El Malayin, es Samah El-Khadra, al-Quds, Circuli, al-Karama, East of Mosul. Yaralla noted that moving to the center of the city, despite fierce resistance from ISIS, goes faster than planned. “Line of defense extremists was weaker than the one we faced during the liberation of Ramadi. During the operation only three brigades of special forces freed from the militants of the 38 settlements East of Mosul”, – quotes its TASS.
As stated Iraqiya TV police General Raed shaker, who heads the attack on Mosul from the South, “since the beginning of the campaign destroyed more than 1 thousand of is militants and liberated more than 70 settlements.” “4.5 thousand evacuated families, destroyed 130 landmines planted by extremists,” said shaker.
Shiite armed groups announced the release of 1,3 thousand sq. km of Iraqi territory from the extremists to the West and South-West of Mosul. According to one of the militia commanders Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Shiite troops managed to take control of the road connecting the two main stronghold of ISIS in the region, Mosul, and Raqqa city in Syria. They also blocked the road from Mosul, tall afar, notes TASS.
The terrorists for the current week, according to the UN, has been executed up to 430 people in Mosul and its suburbs, said on the organization’s website.
The second largest city of Iraq, Mosul is under the control of ISIS since June 2014. Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by Western coalition led by the United States, launched an operation to liberate the city. 23 October to join the battle for Mosul was announced by the Turkey. Then the offensive was joined by the Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
The UN has said that the militants kidnapped tens of thousands of residents of Mosul. According to the international organization, the terrorists are using civilians as human shields against the Iraqi army.
It was also reported that the militants had killed at least 232 people, including 190 former employees of the Iraqi security forces (ISF) and 42 civilians.
In Mosul there are currently 1.5 million people. Iraqi, Kurdish and Turkish units are opposed, according to some, more than six thousand militants defending the city.