MOSUL, Iraq, - Iraqi security forces recaptured six villages in the south-east and north of the city of Mosul, while special forces continued heavy clashes with the Daesh militants, to clear the districts freed earlier from the extremist militants, in the eastern part of the city, a security source said.
The army's 9th armoured Division continued their advance towards Mosul and managed to free the three villages of al-Salamiyah, al-Hmeirah and Twajnah al-Jadida, which are located some 20 km south-east of Mosul, after sporadic clashes with the militants, said a statement from the Joint Operations Command (JOC).
In the north of Mosul, the army's 16th Division and allied Sunni paramilitary units, freed the villages of al-Abbasiyah, Ortta-Kharab and al-Salam, after heavy clashes with the militants, bringing the troops closer to the northern edge of Mosul, the JOC statement said.
The security forces have been fighting to push deeper into the eastern side of the city, locally known as the left bank of the Tigris River, but met resistance of the militants, who are fighting in small groups, who frequently infiltrated behind the advanced CTS (Counter-Terrorism Service) forces, using tunnels or sneaking through dozens of houses and buildings.
The troops and explosive experts also defuse dozens of booby-traps planted earlier by the extremist militants in the freed districts, it said.
After more than a month of military operations against the militants inside Mosul, almost 65,000 civilians have fled their homes and the number went up every day, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displaced.
Early in the month, hundreds of the CTS commandos and Iraqi army made a significant progress at the eastern side of Mosul and managed to recapture more than 10 districts out of about 60 districts on both sides of the city.
Source: Nam News Network