Iraqi Army Captures Village just 60 Kilometers to Mosul
The sources said that the Iraqi army after recapturing the village, has pushed ISIL militants back to Makok village near the oil-rich town of Qayyara which lies along Tigris River.
The capture of Mahana puts Iraqi government troops in the distance of just 60 kilometers to Mosul which has been transformed into a bastion of the ISIL terrorist group since it captured the major oil-rich city in the summer of 2014.
With no casualties reported among the Iraqi Army. The advance was made after a heavy bombardment by warplanes and artillery units enabled Iraqi army forces to hit ISIL severely in the village.
Local Iraqi Army commanders, who led their forces to capture 4 more villages within few past days, complained there was a lack of federal police manpower and tribal fighters to hold the newly-captured areas, thereby it is seemingly restricting further advances toward Mosul.
While Iraqi officials and politicians have promised to retake Mosul before the end of the year, the Iraqi Armed Forces and pro-government militias still have to go extra miles if they have the resolve to liberate the city.
Yesterday in Anbar province, the Iraqi Army reported it has completely liberated the entire region between the strategic cities of Al-Heet and Al-Baghdadi in the Western Iraqi province, .
They were able to liberate the region after setting free the strategic village of Al-Doulab from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Iraqi Army’s 7th Division now is at the gates of Al-Baghdadi, as ISIL continues its retreats in Anbar province.