| December 14, 2016

MOSUL, Iraq, Iraqi security forces, recaptured two more districts in the city of Mosul, on Tuesday, while paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units, freed seven villages in the west of the city, the Iraqi army said.

The commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), freed the districts of al-Falah Oula and al-Falah Thaniya, and raised the Iraqi flag on their buildings, a statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC), said.

The elite CTS started their push into the two districts early in the morning, bringing the total number of districts liberated from the militants in eastern Mosul to 40, the JOC statement quoted Lieutenant-General, Abdul Ameer Yarallah, as saying.

The troops are facing gruelling fighting inside Mosul from the extremist militants, who are carrying out brutal counter attacks in small groups, moving quickly throughout the districts, and using suicide car bombs, as well as, mortars and snipers, in addition to using the population of the city as human shields.

In the west of Mosul, the predominantly Shiite Hashd Shaabi units, freed seven villages near the Daesh-held town of Tal Afar, some 70 km west of Mosul, after heavy clashes with the militants, according to the statement.

The presence of the Hashd Shaabi units near Tal Afar, enabled them to cut off the Daesh supply routes from the west side of Mosul, and allowed both the paramilitary units and other Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, to entirely isolate and surround the city of Mosul.

The units' presence in the whole area in west Mosul, would also enable them to secure the border areas between Iraq and neighbouring Syria, and would cut off the Daesh supply routes between Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of the Daesh self-declared caliphate.

The International Organisation for Migration, said in a recent report that, over 91,000 men, women, and children, have fled their homes in Mosul and its adjacent districts, since the beginning of military offensive in Oct, to reclaim the Daesh largest stronghold in Iraq. The number of displaced people in and near Mosul is rising everyday.


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