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More than 30 Islamic State militants killed in western Mosul

Iraqi security forces.


Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State members were killed as Iraqi troops targeted regions held by the militants in the west of Mosul, according to the army’s elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS).

“CTS and Rapid Response troops arrived at Halila village and began targeting IS militants in districts of 17 Tamuz, Mesherfa, al-Najjar and al-Refaie, in western Mosul,” Ali Mohsen, of the army, told BasNews on Tuesday.

“More than 30 militants were killed, arms and stores of weapons were destroyed,” he added.

Security forces were able to gain control on wide parts in al-Zanjili district, Mohsen said in previous statements on Monday.

Islamic State is claimed to be in control of nearly 30 percent of territory in western Mosul, according to Iraqi generals.

The number of IS fighters remaining in Mosul are estimated by Iraqi troops at 200 to 300, mostly foreigners, down from nearly 6,000 when the offensive started.

Over four million persons were displaced inside the country since emergence of IS in 2014.

Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, took over eastern Mosul from Islamic State in January, after three months of battles. A new offensive was launched in February to retake the western side.


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