Nineveh – (IraqiNews.com) Fifty Islamic State militants were killed and 32 others were arrested on Friday as Iraqi Federal Police proceed with operations to liberate area south of Mosul.
A statement by the police service said operations have also resulted into the destruction of four barracks, adding that efforts continue to comb the villages recaptured over the past few days, presumably from booby-traps and landmines.
Iraqi joint police and army forces, assisted by US-led international forces and popular militias, have been in battles with ISIS in Mosul, the extremist group’s last bastion in Iraq, since operations kicked off in mid October.
Battles and military advancements from all directions over the past week have effectively isolated the province of Nineveh from the rest of Iraq, as well as cut ISIS’s vital supply lines from Syria.
According to statements by the Iraqi Interior Ministry and the US-led international coalition, at least 1500 ISIS fighters have been killed since operations to recapture Mosul launched.