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Military operation by the joint Iraqi forces to liberate the city of Mosul continued on Thursday as reports said ISIL executed over 230 civilians in Mosul as the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from the terrorist group has gained momentum.
Official: ISIL Executes over 230 Iraqi Civilians in Mosul
ISIL executed over 230 civilians in Mosul as the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from the terrorist group has gained momentum, an Iraqi official said.
“ISIL militants continued to commit atrocities in the province of Nineveh, they executed 190 people in the area of Hammam al-Alil after taking them hostage in different areas of Mosul,” said the chairman of the Iraqi parliamentary human rights committee, Abdel Rakhim Shamri, presstv reported.
He added that another 42 people were taken from the village of Arij and executed after they refused to cooperate with the terrorists.
Shamri also called on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to facilitate the airlifting of civilians from ISIL-held areas in Mosul as the terrorists are using them as human shields.
25 Terrorists Killed South Of Rutba as Anbar Operations Continue
The Iraqi Army’s Anbar Operations Command confirmed that 25 militants of ISIL terror group were killed South of Rutba district in the province of Anbar.
“The Iraqi warplanes have bombed a convoy of 10 vehicles used by ISIL’ terrorists on a road 45 kilometers to South of Rutba, which resulted in complete destruction of the convoy,” the operations Commander Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi said, Badr News reported.
“The bombing has killed 25 terrorists who were inside those vehicles”, the commander added.
The Iraqi security forces have been conducting the operation to purge the Anbar province of ISIL militants, and the operation entered a different chapter after Iraqi Army and its allies started the military campaign to liberate the major city of Mosul from the ISIL control.
Iraqi Forces, Allies Expel ISIL from Nine More Villages near Mosul
Iraqi army troops and their allies continued their operations against the ISIL radical group in the vicinity of Iraq’s Northern city of Mosul, and secured at least nine villages.
The Peshmerga forces also hit ISIL positions in the Eastern suburb of Mosul, using heavy artillery, ARA News reported.
“Subsequent to fierce clashes, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces expelled ISIL from several villages in the Hamdaniya region East of Mosul, including the Qaraqoush Village,” a Peshmerga officer said.
The officer added that their forces also pushed ISIL out of the Shabak-populated village of Khersbad, about 10km North of Mosul.
A notorious ISIL commander who was also among the inner ring of ISIL Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s most trusted men, was killed during clashes with Iraqi security forces South of Mosul.
Abu Iman al-Mouseli, who was also called ‘Rambo’ by ISIL militants for his bulky build, was killed in an attack by Iraqi security forces in the vicinity of Shoura region, South of Mosul.
Al-Mouseli was in charge of ISIL’s special security unit, formed to provide an increased protection for the ISIL-held Mosul against impending attacks by the Iraqi Army forces.
The report about the death of the senior ISIL commander comes as earlier this month sources in Western Iraq said leader of the ISIL terrorist cult Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi succumbed to his last month’s fatal injuries and died in a region along the border with Syria.
“Al-Baghdadi had been severely wounded in the Al-Anbar battle in Western Iraq last month, and his wounds were so lethal that he could not at all move freely,” a local Iraqi source told the Arabic service of the Russian Sputnik news agency.
The source said despite long treatment in Mosul, the general health conditions of the ISIL leader deteriorated due to “a deep abdominal cut, damage to his liver and crippling wounds in his left limbs”.
The source said Al-Baghdad lost his life in the town of Al-Be’aaj some 100km (60 miles) West of Mosul near the border with Syria, but his death is concealed to avoid the loss of morale among ISIL ranks who are faced with a tough war in Mosul and Syria these days.
There have been numerous reports on the fate or location of the ISIL leader in the last two years. As the war ravages over the self-proclaimed capital of the terrorist cult, Mosul, in Western Iraq, Arab media sources said yesterday al-Baghdadi had fled to Raqqa in Syria before the Iraqi army started its operations in Mosul, but his wife was taken.
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Russian media reported that Moscow has already started cooperation with Turkey on exchanging intelligence data needed for carrying out Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria.
According to Izvestia newspaper, the agreement was reached during the October 10 talks between Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Experts believe that cooperation with Ankara on Syria may result in more benefits for Russia than what Moscow can gain through cooperation with the US.
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Defense and Security at the Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Franz Klintsevich said that Turkey quietly joined the pool on intelligence sharing created by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
“We pass on to the Turkish side radio intercept, radar data and imagery intelligence data that may be of interest to them,” the senator said. “In response, they also share data. The Turks have very efficient special services and a very good network of agents in Syria.”
The current cooperation between the Russian and Turkish armed forces has emerged thanks to Ankara’s decision to revise its foreign policy priorities after this summer’s failed coup, Klintsevich noted.
“Although Turkey is a NATO member-state, it got very offended at the coup attempt that may have been the indirect work of certain Western powers, according to some data,” he explained. “President Erdogan and Turkey’s leadership understood that they can have deals with Russia.”
Vladimir Avatkov, Director of the Center of the Oriental Studies, International Relations and Public Diplomacy, said the direct dialogue between Moscow and Ankara is very important. “The Turks may be very useful for us in Syria and that’s why the priority in the Russian-Turkish relations now is establishing cooperation in defense and intelligence.”
“Turkey controls whole regions in Northern Syria and has sway on very powerful groups.” Ankara is showing its readiness to reach a compromise with Moscow in the Syrian issue, the expert said.
However, Ankara is unlikely to be an “easy partner,” but cooperation with it is necessary and beneficial to Russia, he stressed.
Earlier this month, a Saudi newspaper had also claimed that Turkey agreed with Russia that Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly al-Nusra Front) should be driven out of the Eastern part of Aleppo city.
The Russian defense ministry announced mid October that the country’s warplanes and Syrian fighter jets have ceased their airstrikes on the terrorists’ military positions in Aleppo city.
The Russian defense ministry reiterated that the US should take the present chance to convince the terrorist leaders in Aleppo to leave the city.
However, the terrorist groups which are present in Aleppo, including Ahrar al-Sham, have declared that in no way they are ready to leave the city and surrender themselves.
The Saudi newspaper said that Ankara is now in consensus with Russia on the need for the exit of Fatah al-Sham terrorists from Eastern Aleppo city to pave the way for the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the civilian population from now on.
Some informed sources disclosed that this issue (exit of Fatah al-Sham terrorists) from Aleppo has been raised during the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkey and during the coordination meetings held between the two countries’ military, intelligence and foreign ministry officials.