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LIVE UPDATES: Battle for Mosul, Day 31

By Rudaw 16/11/2016


The Hashd al-Shaabi forces say they have completely taken over Tal Afar airport from ISIS.  Hashd spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi said his forces will shortly start hunting for ISIS militants who have remained at the airport and who may be hiding.


Iraq's War Media Office says federal police forces have liberated the village of Al-A’zba, south of Mosul, from ISIS and raised the Iraqi flag there.



At least one child was killed and tens of other people wounded in ISIS mortar attacks in Mosul's Zahra neighborhood today .  Some locals who spoke to Rudaw said they were caught in the crossfire, suffering both from ISIS bombs and retaliatory fire by the Iraqi Army.

A wounded woman, clearly in pain, complained there is no hospital anywhere near to treat her injury from a mortar attack.



Iraqi forces control most of Mosul’s Tahrir neighborhood

Iraqi forces are now in control of “the larger part” of the Tahrir neighborhood in northeastern Mosul, Lt. Gen.  Abdulwahab al-Saadi from Iraq’s Golden Brigade forces told Rudaw in Tahrir.



Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi closes in on Tal Afar airport

The Shiite paramilitary group known as Hashd al-Shaabi said on Wednesday that with support from the Iraqi air force they are closing in on Tal Afar airport which would mean cutting off ISIS from its Mosul stronghold.

“The Tal Afar airport has fallen militarily to our forces after the liberation of Tal Ramh village which is 2 kilometers away from the airport,” the Shiite paramilitary said in a statement on Wednesday.

It also said the Iraqi air force is providing air cover to the advancing forces.

The Hashd al-Shaabi said on Tuesday “that control over the airport will pave the way to liberate Tal Afar district and will cut the last ISIS supply line between Tal Afar and Mosul.” 

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Map legend:
Dark green - under Peshmerga control
Light green - encircled/battling by Peshmerga
Red - under Iraqi control
Pink - encircled/battling by Iraqi forces
Yellow - under Hashd al-Shaabi control
Orange - encircled/battling by Hashd al-Shaabi



Child killed in ISIS mortar attack in Mosul, dozens of civilians injured

At least one child was killed in an ISIS mortar attack on the newly liberated eastern neighborhood of al-Zahra Wednesday morning, and a number of others injured as captured by Rudaw cameras.

Relatives rushed the wounded to Iraqi troops stationed in the area for treatment.
Rudaw’s Nalin Barwari reported that many civilians still living in the area.
Also in Tahrir neighborhood 12 civilians were injured in what appeared to be an ISIS bombardment.
Clashes between the Iraqi forces and ISIS militants resumed today after a day of calm.

Iraqi military officials said they silenced their guns for a day to clear several liberated neighborhoods of explosives and fortify their positions.



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WarIsHell | 16/11/2016
Take a good look at these pictures people. This is what war is. Think again and again before you ask for more war. And then think more.
Jones Daley | 16/11/2016
c. mills | 17/11/2016
I'm sure Allah has a very special place waiting for these ISIL animals that kill babies. God damn them to Hell.
Thoughtcrime | 17/11/2016
Mosul is Like a game of Risk to the Obama Administration:
alfonmacia jnn | 28/11/2016
The human brain is over 5 instances as huge because the average brain of a mammal with a comparable body size. specifically increased in humans are the frontal lobes or the forebrain, they may be involved in functions consisting of self manage, planning and reasoning.

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