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Update: Iraqi troops liberate 28 districts in eastern Mosul

Iraqi army forces in Mosul.


Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have recaptured 28 districts in eastern Mosul, the Counter Terrorism Service said on Friday, saying that as a seven-week old campaign to clear the city from Islamic State (ISIS) militants ended its first phase.

CTS commander, Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, stated government forces have become in control of 28 districts in eastern Mosul, noting that operations were running “as planned” with an air cover provided by Iraqi and international coalition fair forces.

The CTS said in a statement on Friday that the forces recaptured the districts of al-Adl and al-Taamim in the east. Security sources were quoted earlier on the same day as saying that the forces recaptured the districts of Nawafel, Simyak and Abbassiy in the north.

Military and police commanders said recently that government forces became in control of nearly 50 percent of the eastern section of Mosul. ISIS remains in control of most of the western region adjacent to the group’s strongholds in Syria, but Iraqi security commanders and Al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia leaders say they had managed to cut ISIS’s supply and escape routes to and from Syria.

Commanders, however, admit fierce resistance from ISIS combatants who rely on booby-traps and suicide attacks. Iraqi troops withdrew one day ago from recently-recaptured districts under intense, fatal assaults from the militants. They also attribute occasional slowdowns in operations to anxiousness to ensure the safety of civilians stranded within the battlefield.


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  1. Some say Rothschilds through their agents have sponsored ISIS. Israel is just positioning for expansion into Syria. Syria needs to be put down because of the close relationship with Iran. ISIS was designed for that task, as well as bringing the battle to Iran and trying to create a Sunni Shiite religious war to decimate the arab society. This is just an element of Israel’s expansion plans. They will just make another preemptive war to seize territory and then ridiculously call it defense in Syria. What do you say? Besides Anti-Semite and the usual name calling typical when some of the many ugly truths about Israel are revealed.

    • Mike=please, Bin Laden pushed for the Sunni Holy War against the Shia quite sometime ago. It was a top five item on is self-proclaimed agenda.

  2. Strange that they have not yet enacted their plan, now 5 years into the syrian conflict. How diabolical of them to hatch a plan to forment chaos, then cleverly fail to act when chaos engulfs their neighbor FOR 5 YEARs. If seizing territory was the Isreali intention, tehn they would have doen so long ago.

  3. Oh don’t be silly, how would Israel hold onto Syria in the face of the whole of the Muslim world, not to mention the internal terrorism which would be created by Israel’s annexation of Syria. Do think before you commit your thoughts to the internet. In effect this is a proxy war between NATO on one side and the Russian Federation on the other. At stake Assad has permited Russia to have a naval base in a Syrian port, the avowed position of NATO is to stop Russia acquiring a naval base in the Mediterranean sea. Thus, the West backed Syrian rebels against the Syrian government and Russia backed the Syrian government….Regrettably, it seems, the West backed the wrong side and they are losing . It would have been better if the West had backed Assad from the start

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