(IraqiNews.com) Mosul – Commander of special operations Maj. Gen. Sami Al-Ardedi, on Tuesday, said that Iraqi forces have swiftly advanced and stormed Qayyarah, a district to the south of ISIS-held city of Mosul. This came hours after the forces launched its operation against ISIS.
Ardedi, in a statement issued to the media, said, “The process to enter Qayyarah from three points began early today morning. Counter-terrorism units are also taking part in the operation alongside the Iraqi army.”
“Priority of the operation is to save and protect civilians in the area, as they are being used by ISIS as human shields,” Ardedi further added.
It may be mentioned here that the Iraqi Defense Ministry has urged Qayyarah residents to implement an immediate evacuation within this week and head towards a settlement near the district’s airfield or to Tibna village, which is under the control of Iraqi forces.