(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Iraqi joint security forces and al-Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units said Monday they had liberated three villages east and west of the city of Mosul as part of a major campaign to clear the city from Islamic State militants.
On the eastern axis, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of the “We Are Coming, Nineveh” security operation, said in a statement that the forces had managed to liberate the village of Naifa, west of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city which the forces liberated on Sunday. He said the success came “after the forces dealt the enemy losses in lives and equipment,” adding that operations were proceeding.
Al-Hashed al-Saahbi media body said, meanwhile, that the militias had liberated the villages of Ar-Rakrak and Um Hijara, west of Mosul, also causing ISIS fighters “severe human and material losses.” It said the forces had moved 5 kilometers towards Nazarah, another village.
The militia’s advances on Monday come as part of a third phase of offensives launched earlier on the same day, designed to retake the whole western region of Mosul, ISIS’s last bastion in Iraq.