Iraqi troops two weeks after the start of operations to liberate Mosul from the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, is prohibited in the Russian Federation) entered the city from the Eastern direction in the area of Karama. About it to Agency Reuters said General Wissam Araji of the United States Iraqi special forces on counter-terrorism. That the Iraqi troops have entered Mosul, and reported the state channel, Iraqiya TV.

The attack on Mosul, considered the capital of ISIS, began on 17 October. However, last week the counter-terrorism and army units temporarily stopped fighting due to the advancing pace of progress in comparison with the forces on other fronts.

Monday, 31 October, government troops resumed the offensive in the East and attacked the positions of militants from three fronts.

The second largest city of Iraq, Mosul is under the control of ISIS since June 2014. Two weeks ago, 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.

Last Saturday the UN 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.

Last week 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.

Iraqi troops entered Mosul 31.10.2016

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