SECURITY FORCES RECAPTURE FOUR VILLAGES NEAR MOSUL, REPEL TWO DAESH ATTACKS IN NORTHERN IRAQ

BAGHDAD, Iraq, - Iraqi security forces, on Saturday, fought Daesh militants near the city of Mosul and liberated four villages, while the troops repelled two Daesh attacks in the south and west of the city, security sources said.

The army's 16th infantry Division, fought the militants in north of Mosul and freed the villages of Qara-Tappa, Kori Ghriban, Darawish and Abu Jarbou'a, after driving out the extremist militants, Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah from the Joint Operations Command (JOC), said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi army repelled another attack by dozens of militants, who stormed in the early hours of the day, military positions in the eastern side of the Tigris River at Shirqat area, some 120 km south of Mosul, killing many militants and destroying two suicide car bombs, Yarallah said, in another statement.

Separately, dozens of militants carried out an attack on the positions of the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units in Tal al-Zalat area, in the west of the city of Mosul, but were repelled by the units, destroying two suicide truck bombs, before they could reach their targets, and seizing a third, while many militants were killed, a Hashd Shaabi statement said.

The presence of the Hashd Shaabi units near Tal Afar, enabled them to cut off 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 Mosul.

The units' presence in the whole area in west of 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.

On Friday, a report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), said that, the operations to dislodge the Daesh group from its stronghold of Mosul, have pushed some 77,826 civilians to flee their homes in the city and its adjacent districts and the number went up every day.-

Source: Nam News Network