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The Iraqi Army’s War Media Center announced that hundreds of ISIL terrorists have been killed in the first five days of the Mosul liberation operation.
“Over 473 ISIL terrorists have been killed in the Mosul liberation operation and 22 others have been captured by Friday night,” the center said.
It also announced that 95 bomb-laden vehicles and 16 machinegun-equipped military vehicles have also been destroyed.
An arms depot and 7 suicide belts have also been destroyed.
On Thursday, informed sources said that the Iraqi security and popular forces retook 14 villages in the Northern and Southern parts of Mosul from the ISIL control.
Iraqi sources said that the army and its allies seized back control of al-Khalediyeh, al-Salehiyeh and al-Khabat villages near al-Qayyara, Deiri, Samaqiyeh, Soqra, Kobra and Nahla villages near Sahl Neineva region, Sidaveh, al-Makouk, al-Manavir and Khanisat villages in Southern Mosul and Barima and al-Nouran villages in Northern Mosul.
They added that operations will continue until freedom of all regions in Mosul from the ISIL hand.
Meantime, reports said that the Iraqi army and volunteer forces have surrounded the center of al-Hamdaniyeh town in the Southeastern parts of Mosul.
Governor of Iraq’s Nineveh Province announced on Wednesday the Iraqi army and popular forces managed to liberate 40% of the province from ISIL terrorists and they met with little resistance by the terrorists while liberating the villages in the Nineveh Province.
“The arrival of Iraqi security forces to Mosul cheered up the citizens and displaced people,” the Governor of Nineveh, Nofal Hammadi said in a press statement.
“We are waiting for the full liberation of our province and the Iraqi flag to be raised on its center,” he noted.
“Iraqi security forces liberated 40% of Nineveh Province, and they met with little resistance by the ISIL members in the liberated villages due to their retreated morale,” Hammadi concluded.
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The Turkish military sent more tanks to Northern Syria to support the Ankara-backed militants in the fight against the Kurdish forces as tension are high between two country.
The Turkish military sent 20 more tanks to assist its ‘Euphrates Shield’ military operation in Northern Syria as Ankara and its allies are trying to capture Tal Rafa’at.
Turkey declared on August 24 that its Army has launched ‘Euphrates Shield’ military operation in Syria, as Ankara claims that it has begun to cleanse the ISIL terrorists from its border with the Arab country.
But, despite Ankara’s allegation, Turkish military forces support militant groups in Northern Syria, and fight against Kurdish forces in the region.
Turkish officials have freuqently stressed that operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ will continue to create a safe zone in Northern Syria.
Damascus had condemned Ankara’s military operation and entry of Turkish special forces and tanks into Syria, while Moscow expressed deep concern about what is happening in the Syrian-Turkish border area.
The General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces in a statement issued on Saturday lashed out at Turkey, specially President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for its continued aggression on Syrian soil, and described Ankara as a staunch supporter of terrorists.
“The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has played a filthy role since the start of the aggression against Syria by sheltering, training, arming and sponsoring the terrorist groups financially and opening its borders to facilitate crossing of thousands of mercenary terrorists into the Syrian territories,” the statement said on Saturday.
Noting that the Syrian army and its allies’ victories against the terrorists, specially in Aleppo, have defused Erdogan’s plots against Syria, it added that Ankara has now resorted to intensified attacks and airstrikes against the villages and towns of Northern Aleppo and renders direct support for the terrorists with artillery fire and deployment of troops and tanks inside Syria to help them commit crimes against the civilians in Northern Aleppo.
The statement condemned Turkey’s violation of Syria’s territorial integrity and deployment of its forces in Syrian territories, warning that the Turkish forces will be confronted and treated like aggressors.
The residents who have escaped Aleppo said on Saturday that the militants stationed in the Eastern parts of the city have remained adamant to the repeated calls by the Syrian army-led forces to leave the city as they have pinned hope on Turkey to break the siege imposed by the Syrian army and its allies.
“The terrorists in Eastern Aleppo are opposing plans to evacuate the region to prolong the battle as long as possible in a bid to use impending attacks by the Turkey-affiliated militants to break the siege,” the local sources who have escaped the city in the last two days said.
“Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra) Front, Nur al-Din Zanki and Estaqam Kama Amart groups have insisted on staying in Eastern Aleppo waiting for Ankara’s order to its affiliate militants to intensify attacks so that these entrapped groups manage to break the siege of Aleppo,” the sources added.
According to the sources, hundreds of Fatah al-Sham Front militants have recently crossed Turkey’s border into the Northern Syrian province of Idlib to move to Aleppo to reinforce their besieged comrades in the city, they added.
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