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Iraqi Forces Close to Winning Back Key Village in Mosul

26 March 2016 14:17



The Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) continued their advances near the city of Mosul in Nineveh province, and seized back a strategic village there.

The Iraqi government troops are engaged in heavy fighting with the ISIL terrorists at the entrance of Mahana village in Makhmour region of Nineveh province.

The Iraqi army is now very close to take full control of Mahana village.

Meantime, the Iraqi air force pounded and destroyed the ISIL’s military positions in al-Bashir region in the Southern part of Kirkuk.

The Iraqi fighter jets carried out targeted attacks on the ISIL’s gathering centers in Al-Ban region in Nineveh province.

The Iraqi Army and popular forces have begun military operations to retake the Northern province of Nineveh from ISIL since Thursday.

In a relevant development on Thursday, the Iraqi army seized back four other villages in Makhmour region of Nineveh province.

Also on Friday, the Iraqi army and volunteer forces made considerable advances against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Nineveh province.

The Iraqi army along with popular forces have pushed the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group back in their offensive on Mosul and much of the occupied Nineveh province, an informed source said.

“The Takfiri terrorists are suffering heavy losses in Nineveh province, and are forced to retreat after crushing defeats in battles against the Iraqi army and popular forces. Militants are also suffering huge losses in the battle against the Iraqi armed forces that are approaching ISIL’s main stronghold city of Mosul,” the source added.

“The army of Iraq and the militias composed of Nineveh province residents have already liberated the villages of Munantar, Tel-Shair, al-Nasr, Qarmadi al-Salahia, al-Hitab an Qudila,” press secretary of the National Mobilization Forces Mahmoud al-Surji announced.

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