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Clashes between Iraqi Forces and ISIL Terrorists Leave Two Officers Killed

5 December 2016 16:49

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Two senior Iraqi army officers have been killed in clashes with the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group south of the terrorist bastion of Mosul, the military command said Monday.

The brigadier general and colonel were killed Sunday in the Sharqat area, 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Mosul where Iraqi forces are pressing an offensive to retake the city from the terrorists, the Joint Operations Command said.

Iraqi forces recaptured the western part of Sharqat in September but ISIL still controls eastern Sharqat.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition launched a massive operation to retake Mosul, the terrorists’ last major bastion in Iraq, on October 17.

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