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


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





Iraqi forces recapture two west Mosul neighborhoods

By Rudaw 26/2/2017
Iraqi forces advance towards the southern Mosul neighborhood of Jawasaq on Friday. Photo: AFP
Iraqi forces advance towards the southern Mosul neighborhood of Jawasaq on Friday. Photo: AFP

MOSUL, Iraq  — Iraqi armed forces reclaimed the embattled al-Tayyaran and Maamoun neighborhoods in western Mosul on Sunday as part of the third phase of a wide-ranging operation to retake the right bank of what was the country’s second-largest city, according to a Rudaw reporter.

Sidad Lashkiri, who is embedded with the Iraqi armed forces, said that the Iraqi troops have completely liberated the neighborhoods of al-Tayyaran and Maamoun in the southernmost parts of the western side of the city.

Lashkiri added that clashes have moved on to al-Mansour, al-Shuhadaa and Dawas neighborhoods and 10 percent of them have been cleared of ISIS with support from the US-led coalition warplanes and Iraqi jets.

In today’s clashes, ISIS has used 10 car bombs to halt the advancing Iraqi forces with many suicide bombers, he added.

Casualties among Iraqi armed forces have remained unknown, but 20 ISIS militants are believed to have been killed over the past six hours, according to Lashkiri.

Since the morning Iraqi and coalition warplanes have carried out 40 to 50 airstrikes against ISIS positions in Mosul, Lashkiri said.

He added that civilians are continuing to flee by bus and they are being sent to a refugee camp in Hamam Alil which is capable of taking in as many as 20,000 people.

The western half of the city is estimated to be home to approximately 750,000 civilians whom the United Nations warned on Saturday were in a humanitarian crisis. The people are suffering from shortages of basic necessities including food and fuel. Prices for all the goods in the city have skyrocketed, the UN stated.

On Saturday the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) said they controlled a major power station in Mosul that supplies electricity to the whole city, Iraq’s defense ministry claimed, following a similar takeover on the same day. 

“The 9th armoured division liberated the Yarmuk power station that supplies electricity to the entire city of Mosul,” the defence ministry said.

On Friday morning, Iraq’s special forces announced they had seized the beleaguered Mosul airport and the adjacent al-Ghazlania military base after a week of intense clashes.

The Iraqi army and US military advisors are said to use the airbase to lead the advancement of Iraqi troops into more populated and likely more dangerous neighborhoods in western Mosul where close street clashes are expected to take place. 

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

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

What You Say

C G Cattermole | 9/24/2017 8:05:09 AM
So: no news here, then. Just verbal trench warfare. After al-Maliki's disastrous Prime Ministership, he has become a 'reliable' bellweather for...
Jay | 9/24/2017 10:25:06 AM
Those Arabs are clearly denying Kurds their right to exist. Arabs and Islam have used Kurds for centuries, abusing them and using them as s...
One-day talks between Erbil and Baghdad collapse
| 16 hours ago | (10)
Mohamedzzz | 9/24/2017 10:02:18 AM
May God Bless His Soul, condolences to the families and friends.
French soldier killed in combat in Iraq-Syria zone
| 17 hours ago | (1)
adnan Faraj | 9/24/2017 6:58:40 AM
i admire Mr.kouchner honesty, and as a kurd thank this good friend. Does he think that western countries are appeasing Turkey. What kurds can do to...
Mohamedzzz | 9/24/2017 10:00:52 AM
Thank You Mr.Kouchner, Long Live FREE and Independent Kurdista. VOTE ''YES''
Bernard Kouchner urges Kurdistan voters to seize moment for ‘freedom’
| 15 hours ago | (8)
Rawand saadi hawez | 9/24/2017 7:43:05 AM
Rangein | 9/24/2017 9:08:46 AM
First vote cast in Kurdistan independence referendum
| yesterday at 09:51 | (25)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

0.469 seconds