Day 3 of anti-ISIS military op in Mosul
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The Third day of military operations by the Iraqi army, popular forces as well as Kurdish Peshmerga forces to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIL terrorists in Iraq resulted in more advances by pro-government forces and the liberation of over 352 square kilometers of territories in the vicinity of the last stronghold of ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
352sq/km of Mosul Liberated, Senior ISIL Commander Killed
The Iraqi Federal Police announced on Wednesday that its troops along with its allies have taken back 352 square kilometers of territories during the operations to liberate the strategic city of Mosul from ISIL control.
General Ra’ed Shaker Jodat made the announcement in a statement, saying since the first day of the Mosul Liberation Operations on Monday a sum of 352 sq/km has been taken back.
Meantime, the Iraqi army forces killed Ammar Ahmad al-Huwaidi, one of the notorious ISIL commanders, in al-Salamiyeh region near Mosul.
Also reports from Mosul region said that the Hashd al-Sha’abi (popular forces) and the Iraqi police discovered and defused two bomb-laden cars in Yajvan region.
Iraqi Security Forces Liberate 80% of Areas South of Mosul
Iraqi police announced that the country’s joint security forces liberated 80% of the areas South of Mosul, and the achievement is due to the close cooperation between the Iraqi forces that are participating in the battles.
“The army’s 9th brigade and Nineveh police achieved notable victories in the areas South of Mosul, from Hamadanieh district to the Tigris River that include nearly 54 villages,” Qayyara police chief that was identified as Captain Fathi said in a statement, Iraqi News reported.
“The joint security forces managed to liberate 80% of these areas until now,” he added.
ISIL Governor Killed in Mosul Airstrike
Iraq’s joint military forces killed ISIL’s governor in an airstrike in the Northeastern part of the city of Mosul on Wednesday, media reports said.
Wa’ad Youness, ISIL’s governor in Sahl region of Nineveh province, was killed in an airstrike on Bartaleh region, Northeast of Mosul city, the Arabic-language media reported.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Cousin Killed in Iraq
The Hashd al-Sha’abi (Iraqi popular forces) killed a cousin of ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near Sharqat region of Salahuddin province.
Abu Hajar, a notorious ISIL commander, was killed as the Iraqi army and popular forces have started operations to liberate the strategic city of Mosul in Nineveh province from the terrorist group’s control without the presence of foreign troops.
Mosul Citizens Start Revolt, 1st ISIL Military Base in Mosul Falls
The local sources in Nineveh province disclosed that the youth in Mosul have attacked and captured a military base of the ISIL in al-Qahera region in the city, killing two terrorists and torching their military vehicle.
“The youth in Mosul are now in full control of ISIL’s military base near al-Qahera district and two terrorists were killed while their vehicle equipped with heavy weapons was set ablaze,” a local source said.
Another local source revealed that there are clear signs of an armed rebelion by the people in Mosul against the ISIL, and said, “Five ISIL patrols have come under people’s attack in Mosul city.”
12 Foreign Terrorists Killed South of Mosul
The Popular Mobilization Units announced the killing of at least 12 terrorists and the destruction of three car bombs in the battles against ISIL terrorists in the outskirts of Ghazlani area South of Mosul.
“The Iraqi security forces have launched widespread attacks against the ISIL defenses in the area of Ghazlani, South of Mosul and managed to kill at least 12 terrorists and destroyed three car bombs intended to target security forces”, a senior commander in the popular mobilization units, Jabbar al-Ma’amouri said.
He noted that the dead terrorists are foreign nationals and added that the Iraqi popular forces have also found bodies of terrorists dressed as women.
ISIL Positions Razed in Tal Afar
The Iraqi Army announced the destruction of headquarters and sites used by ISIL terror group in the district of Tal Afar, East of Mosul.
“The Iraqi air force has targeted ISIL’ sites near Tal Afar’s water project, which led to the destruction of the site and the killing of the terrorists which had been present at the site” a statement by the Iraqi Army sent to reporters said.
the Iraqi Air Force jets have also destroyed a vehicle equipped with machinegun and mortar detachment in the village of “Bijwania” near the city of Mosul.
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The ISIL has confiscated houses of hundreds of residents in the city of Deir Ezzur to accommodate its terrorists fleeing from Mosul in Iraq, the Arabic-language media reported on Wednesday.
The ISIL’s move takes place concurrent with the start of the Iraqi army’s Mosul liberation operation and arrival of hundreds of terrorists from the city of Mosul in Iraq to the Eastern parts of Syria.
Over 100 foreign militants of the ISIL have arrived in Deir Ezzur after fleeing from Mosul city.
On Monday, Iraq’s volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) complained that the warplanes of the US-led coalition “are allowing ISIL military convoys flee Mosul in Iraq’s Nineveh province to Syria” without being harmed.
“Much surprised the ISIL convoys that have been escaping from Mosul to Syria have not come under attack by the coalition fighter jets,” a Hashd al-Shaabi source said.
He said that “the ISIL is now confused in Mosul as the Iraqi security forces have gained a lot of information about the concentration centers of the terrorist group in Mosul”.
On Tuesday, A long ISIL convoy was destroyed as the terrorists were fleeing from the city of Mosul to Raqqa, a military source said, adding that the border is under the full control of Syria, Iraq and Russia now.
“The ISIL is left with not much option in case of trying to exit Mosul city because the Iraq-Syria border is being fully monitored and controlled by the two countries’ border guards and also the Russian air force,” a military source said.
He noted that an ISIL military convoy that was escaping from Mosul to Raqqa in Syria was completely destroyed by the Iraqi fighter jets.
“The destroyed ISIL convoy comprised of 30 military vehicles packed with Arab and foreign terrorists; all terrorists inside the vehicles were killed in the Iraqi airstrike,” the military source added.
He reiterated that the Syrian and Russian military forces are in full control along Iraq-Syria border to prevent the ISIL’s escape from Mosul.
“If the ISIL wants to exit Mosul and move towards the Syrian territories, it will be left with the option of facing the Syrian and Russian troops,” the source added.
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Military experts say the city of Aleppo in Northern Syria is on the verge of falling to the Syrian army as militants are under not just the full, but tightening siege of the government troops.
“The besieged terrorists in Aleppo are on the verge of complete collapse as hundreds of them are ready to leave the city on Thursday,” military experts said.
Defense analysts said that the terrorists needed the ceasefire because they have been weakened under the siege and have lost many of their comrades during the fighting, adding, “And more importantly their ammunition is running out.”
The experts said the terrorists have lost many of the areas under their control in recent military operations and this has damaged their morale.
They underlined that if the present pressures continue and no serious measure is taken for their separation from Fatah al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra Front), “they will be definitely buried along with Fatah al-Sham terrorists”.
It was reported earlier on Wednesday that some 900 terrorists are preparing to be evacuated from the Eastern districts of Aleppo on Thursday.
Syrian security officials said 30 buses are most likely to evacuate on Thursday around 900 terrorists, who have turned down the offer to join the peace agreement with the government but agreed to leave Aleppo.
“The militants, who have applied to leave Aleppo, will not face any problem by the security forces,” Abdul Hamid Seirafi, a Syrian judiciary official, told FNA.
Russian and Syrian military forces, in a joint exercise on Wednesday, reviewed the process of evacuating terrorists from the Eastern districts of Aleppo city.
“In the presence of a large number of journalists, the Russian and Syrian military, religious and judicial officials, the Russian and Syrian soldiers reviewed and drilled A to Z of the evacuation plan in Aleppo city to relocate the militants to Idlib province,” FNA correspondent from Northern Syria said.
“Terrorists are to leave Aleppo via two corridors in Castello and Bostan al-Pasha. Several buses hoisting flags of Syria and Russia will carry them to the specified locations,” FNA added.
The terrorists, who want to leave Aleppo, will be accompanied by security forces up to al-Lairamoun square and will be delivered to the Red Crescent.
Those militants, who want to return to normal life, will be pardoned by the government and the rest will be relocated to Idlib.
Several government, religious, security, police and Red Crescent officials in addition to the Syrian and Russian military forces will monitor the evacuation of the terrorists from Aleppo, according to our correspondent.
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