Federal police retake more western Mosul areas from Islamic State

 Federal police retake more western Mosul areas from Islamic State

Federal Police forces. File photo.

Federal Police forces. File photo.
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police forces recaptured Sunday more villages and neighborhoods in western Mosul as part of a major offensive to clear the region from Islamic State militants.

The Defense Ministry’s media service, the War Media Cell, said police forces recaptured the villages of Kafour, Gammasa and Bajwari, and took over al-Aqrab checkpoint that lies on the road between Mosul and Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a brief announcement on Sunday that security forces launched an operation to retake the western side of Mosul, Islamic State militants’ largest stronghold in Iraq which the group took over in 2014. He said on January 24th that government forces, backed by popular militias and U.S.-led coalition troops, had cleared the whole of the eastern region from militants after more than three months of fighting.

Recapturing Mosul would represent the strongest blow to Islamic State’s proclaimed “Islamic Caliphate”. Iraqi and international coalition generals had predicted the western part of the city to be fully recaptured within six months.

Military media said earlier on Sunday that army and Federal Police forces recaptured the villages of Azba and Bakhira, as well as Lazzagah power station near the western shore of the Tigris River.

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