IRAQI SECURITY FORCES KILL 29 DAESH MILITANTS, SET FREE 24 CIVILIANS WEST OF MOSUL

Iraqi warplanes killed 29 Daesh militants and set free 24 civilians from the group's captivity as operations to recapture the city approach their end.

The Defense Ministry's War Media Cell said the airstrikes targeted Daesh locations in Baaj and Qairawan, West of Mosul and near the Syrian borders. Besides the deaths among militants, the strikes destroyed six vehicles, a fuel container and two motorbikes belonging to the group, Iraqi News reported.

The pro-government forces of Popular Mobilization Forces, locally known as Hashd al-Shaabi, have been sweeping through Daesh havens in the two areas since May 12th. The offensive ran coincidently with government troops battles against Daesh in Western Mosul, where Daesh strongholds had shrunk to less than 10 percent of territories.

In Western Mosul's Old City, the last remaining Daesh haven, Cap. Ali Haider, from the Federal Police, was quoted saying that forces had set free 24 civilians, including women, and killed one Daesh sniper upon invading a prison run by the militant group at a big salt factory in al-Shefa.

The United Nations says at least 400.000 stranded in Daesh captivity in the Old City, and 200.000 could flee in coming period as the battle nears its end. The conflict displaced more than 670.000 since October.

Source: NAM News Network