17 November 2016 Thursday
Iraqi army troops and Shia militiamen have captured six more villages near Mosul — along with a military base — from the ISIL terrorist group, a military source said 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 ISIL-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.
Source: World Bulletin.