Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iraq

Iraqi army makes gains southeast of Mosul

By Rudaw 23/11/2016
Mosul civilians fleeing the fighting reach Gogjali neighbourhood on the eastern edge of the city. Photo: Rudaw video
Mosul civilians fleeing the fighting reach Gogjali neighbourhood on the eastern edge of the city. Photo: Rudaw video

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Iraqi army continued advancing on Mosul from the southeast on Wednesday, capturing four villages and aiming to take a fifth from ISIS militants.


“We began the operation from Tawajina, we are not so far from Mosul city,” said General Riyaz Jalal, a commander in the Iraqi army, noting that just one village remained to be captured on that front. “Only Julukhan is separating us from Mosul.”

The Iraqi army began the offensive on Tuesday night.

The villages of Tawajina, Qarat Tapa, and Yarghinti are now under control of the Iraqi army, Rudaw’s correspondent Farhad Dolamari reported from Bartella, east of Mosul.

 

The village of Hawsalat was also liberated, the War Media Office of the Iraqi forces announced on Wednesday.



Rudaw’s cameras caught a helicopter on the outskirts of Qarat Tapa, shelling ISIS positions and militants.

“A big hope is awaiting all Iraqis,” Jalal told Rudaw. “Every operation has been done successfully.”

Civilians trapped in the conflict zone, and the heavy use of IEDs, car bombs and suicide attacks by ISIS have slowed Iraqi army advances.

“We are not rushing to take back such areas, to avoid bombs, militants hiding inside tunnels, car bombs or suicide bombs,” Jalal detailed. 

“We have defeated all kinds of attacks and also killed militants and sent them to hell. Militants are on the run,” the Iraqi army commander said.

More civilians fled Mosul, reaching the eastern Gogjali neighborhood of the city, where international agencies have been distributing humanitarian aid.

Most of the civilians fleeing from the west are seeking safety in areas under control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

On Tuesday, a United Nations spokesperson said the number of displaced people fleeing the military operation in Mosul had passed 68,000.

Among those civilians are some ISIS militants. A person affiliated with the extremist group was detained in Gogjali after a displace person recognized him and informed security officials, AP reported. 

Wednesday marks the 38th day since the Mosul operation began. Coalition and local forces are fighting to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the militant group. 

There is no expected end date for the final liberation of Mosul, Col. John Dorrian, spokesperson for the US-led coalition told Rudaw. He pledged continued coalition support until the Iraqi flag flies in the centre of the city. 

 

Comments

 
Hamid Sayadi | 24/11/2016
Col. John Dorrian, spokesperson, He pledged continued coalition support until the Iraqi flag flies in the centre of the city.ahaa yes center of city but not outside the city! or in the heart of sunny citizens of Mosul!
9711 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

A Kurd | 11/20/2018 3:17:30 AM
This is a complete lie and fabrication. It is a made up propaganda by the mullahs. There is NO, absolutely no sanctions on any type of drug or food;...
Tigran Hakopian | 11/20/2018 8:04:02 PM
See the comments of these so called opressed people: Hate and anger towards Iranian children, Iranian mothers and citizens of Iran. Poor Assyrians...
Cancer medication scarce due to US sanctions on Iran
| yesterday at 04:58 | (4)
SAVE THE KURDS | 11/20/2018 7:51:07 PM
President Trump has always recognized the bravery of the Kurds and he consistently describes them as his allies and has most recently said that he...
PKK's Murat Karayilan brushes off $5mn US bounty on his head
| 4 hours ago | (1)
FAUthman | 11/19/2018 5:03:25 AM
This is a very useful report by Rudaw with a lot of very important quotes here. T.U.
FAUthman | 11/20/2018 5:00:51 PM
A key quote from the US side: “That’s what we’re here to do and once we feel that’s complete ( ISIS defeat ) and our partners (SDF) are taken care...
US forces visit Syrian border villages after Turkish shelling
| 18/11/2018 | (2)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 11/20/2018 3:58:49 PM
This will be utterly ineffective -- It would have spine if the EoCHR said, unless Demirtas is released within 24, the EU will immediately place a...
European court rules for Demirtas’ pre-trial release
| 12 hours ago | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

0.281 seconds