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The Syrian army announced a fresh pause of strikes against terrorist groups in the city of Aleppo for 10 hours scheduled for Friday.
The pause, to be introduced from 9 am to 7 pm local time on Friday is aimed at paving the ground for the terrorists and ordinary people to leave Aleppo through the corridors which have earlier been opened to evacuate the civilians and militants from the city, the army said in a statement.
The Syrian army called on all the leaders of armed groups to cease hostilities and withdraw from Aleppo with their weapons through Castello corridor in the North and Soq al-Khair-al-Moshareqa corridor towards Idlib.
According to the army, six more corridors will be kept to organize the exit of civilians and evacuation of the sick and wounded, the statement said.
A humanitarian pause, declared for eight hours from Oct. 20 and later extended, has barely held as militants in Eastern Aleppo reportedly continued launching attacks.
Russia has not delivered any air strikes against rebels in Aleppo for 18 days.
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Iraq’s military offensive to liberate the city of Mosul form ISIL militants continued on Thursday with the Federal police command reporting that security forces have liberated 10 villages South of Mosul in their operation to retake the city from terrorists.
Police Confirms Liberation of 10 Villages South of Mosul
The Iraqi Federal police command confirmed that its forces have liberated 10 villages South of Mosul as they continue their operation to liberate the Northern city from ISIL militants.
“The outcome of the military operations conducted by the federal police troops in the Southern flanks of Mosul, has included the liberation of Al-Mincar, Bazonah, Poglawin, Kharrar, Ain Shalhoub, Al-Kusbah, Al-Khafsan, Al-Qahira, Munira and Nazazah villages South of Hamam al-Alil district,” The federal police commander Gen. Raed Shakir Jawdat said, Badr News reported.
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Iraqi security forces began the offensive to liberate the last region controlled by the ISIL militant South of Mosul before they reach the Southern gates of the Iraq’s major city, which have been under ISIL grip since 2014, police sources said.
“Iraqi Federal Police forces have begun the operation to liberate Hammam al-Alil Township just South of Mosul,” the sources within Iraqi Federal Police Command said.
Several villages around Hammam al-Alil have been retaken by Iraqi security forces in recent days.
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Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces command announced the liberation of 115 square km of territories West of Mosul, so the total of lands that have been liberated in Western flanks of the Northern city of Mosul in only five days have exceeded 700 square km.
“115 square km West of Mosul were liberated, so the total areas have reached up to 705 square km within five days from the launch of the popular mobilization’s operations at the west axis of Mosul,” the Popular Mobilization’s Forces, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi said in statement, Badr News reported.
“Admist the operation in last five days, also 47 militants of ISIL terror group were killed and five car bombs were also destroyed resulting in the killing of terrorists in them,” the statement said.
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Iraqi security forces discovered 2,000 rockets and mortar rounds in one of the biggest military bases taken from ISIL terrorists in Western Province of Anbar, with some of them filled with toxic chlorine gas.
A security source said that Iraqi army forces found five rockets and a stockpile of mortar shells as well as IED (improvised explosive devices) production plants used by ISIL in al-Ramadi Island in the Western Iraqi province.
The source added that Iraqi forces have found many rockets improvised by ISIL militants themselves, in addition to 1,500 standard conventional rockets and mortars rounds apparently supplied to the militants by their supporters or seized by them from the Iraqi Army.
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If Ankara attempts to invade Iraq, it will be considered an enemy and will be “dismantled,” Iraq’s prime minister said in response to the Turkish military deploying heavy armor, including tanks, to the border near Iraq.
“The invasion of Iraq will lead to Turkey being dismantled,” Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday at a news conference, as cited by AFP.
According to al-Abadi, Baghdad doesn’t “want war with Turkey, and we do not want a confrontation with Turkey.”
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Abadi’s statement was harshly criticized by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said that Abadi can’t cope “against terrorist organizations, but trying to bully and [be] rhetorical.”
“If you [Iraq] have the power, why did you leave Mosul to terrorist organizations in the first place?” the minister asked. “Why has the PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] been invading your lands for years?” he asked, as cited by Anadolu Agency.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Abadi had gone too far with his statement. The Turkish deployment was a precaution rather than a threat, he explained.
“I regard Abadi’s words as overstepping the mark. Abadi must make statements lowering the tension,” Numan Kurtulmus told the broadcaster NTV, as cited by Reuters.
“We are obliged to take measures to guard against threats from across Turkey’s border,” he added. “It is more of a precaution than a threat.”
On Tuesday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said that Ankara is deploying heavy armor to the border near the town of Silopi, close to the border with Iraq. Defense Minister Fikri Isik said the Turkish military will tackle a potential “increase” of threats.
“We will not allow the threat to Turkey to increase,” Isik told broadcaster A Haber as cited by Reuters. Ankara has “no obligation” to wait until the PKK fighters, considered terrorists by Turkey, will seize territories in Iraq’s Sinjar region, around 115km south of Silopi, Isik added.
In October, Turkish tanks and artillery aided the advance of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters against Islamic State jihadists near the stronghold of Mosul. That came despite Baghdad’s repeated protests against Turkish military presence on its soil.
Abadi then said that “this is something the Iraqis will handle and the Iraqis will liberate Mosul and the rest of the territories.”
Turkey officially maintains some 25 tanks there as well as 150 troops and a staff of “military advisers” estimated to reach some 2,000. Abadi called the presence a violation of sovereignty and said Turkish “inside Iraqi territories has no justification.”