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Iraqi army makes fresh gains in north

23 June 2016 12:27

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Iraqi government forces have made new advances in the northern province of Nineveh in their latest push against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, who are wreaking havoc in the Arab country.

Troops pressed ahead in the town of Qayyarah where its strategic location and an airfield there make it ideal for a final push to liberate Mosul, which serves as Daesh’s de facto capital in Iraq.

Mosul fell into the hands of the Takfiri terrorists in June 2014 when they began their offensive in Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has promised that the liberation of Mosul is very close as it is the “next destination” of the army in its campaign to flush the militants out of the country.

Elsewhere in the western Anbar province, Iraqi aircraft bombarded four Daesh hideouts in the city of al-Khaldiya, located about 83 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad.

An unknown number of Daesh militants were reportedly killed or injured in the aerial attacks, and three vehicles destroyed.

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