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The Iraqi Army has entered the strategic district of Qadsiyah after fierce battle with the ISIL terrorists, the official media page of the Iraqi army declared on Friday.
“Iraqi forces entered the district from its Eastern corridor after launching a surprise assault this morning,” Massdar quoted army’s media page as saying.
“The Iraqi army currently controls at least ten districts in Mosul’s Eastern sector,” the army added.
Reports said on Wednesday that dozens of ISIL terrorists were reportedly killed during separate operations in and around Mosul as Iraqi government troops and their allies were tightening noose around the extremists controlling the Northern city.
Iraqi fighter jets, backed by those of the US-led military coalition, have hit ISIL’s positions in Albu Seif village South of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers North of the capital Baghdad, leaving 40 of the terrorists dead.
Pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units also launched an offensive against ISIL hideouts in Mawali village, situated about 20 kilometers West of Mosul, killing 22 terrorists.
Meanwhile, there were reports that heavy clashes were going on between Iraqi security forces and ISIL militants in Mosul’s Eastern district of al-Zahra.
A local source, requesting anonymity, also said ISIL terrorists moved more than 80 families from the Eastern Mosul neighborhood of Faisaliyah to a Western district at gunpoint.
The source added that the displacement came as Iraqi soldiers together with their allied Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces were making advancements in battles against ISIL militants in and around Mosul.
After months of preparation, Iraqi army soldiers, backed by volunteer fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched an operation on October 17 to retake the strategic city of Mosul from the ISIL terrorists.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed that Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, would be fully recaptured by year-end.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it has set up 82 “rapid response teams” to manage potential disease outbreaks, chemical exposure and other health concerns among people fleeing Mosul.
The UN agency said internally displaced persons from Mosul could face difficulties with water distribution and sanitation as a direct result of their growing numbers, warning that the risk of food- and water-borne diseases such as cholera is high.
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Syrian Army troops and popular forces continued to advance against Jeish al-Fatah terrorist coalition in the Western part of Aleppo city, completing their control over Zahiyeh al-Assad after hours of non-stop battle.
Syrian government forces inflicted major casualties on the terrorists of Jeish al-Fatah and drove them out of the remaining militant-held parts of Zahiyeh al-Assad district.
The victory came after the terrorists used a humanitarian pause two weeks ago to lift the siege on the militants trapped in Eastern districts of Aleppo.
The terrorists stormed army positions from the Western part of the city, but failed to make a breakthrough, although they could temporarily occupy parts of Zahiyeh al-Assad and 3,000-units Housing Complex.
Several days before the terrorists’ operation, the Russian Defense Ministry had announced that over 30,000 terrorists would partake in the removal of the army’s siege on Aleppo.
The Russian ministry said at the time that over 50 suicide attackers had announced readiness to hit the army’s defense lines in Western Aleppo.
On Tuesday, Syrian Army soldiers and popular forces started a joint operation against Jeish al-Fatah’s positions to stretch the ring of security in the Western neighborhoods of Aleppo city.
“Pro-government forces engaged in fierce clashes with the militants in Housing Project 1070 in Southwestern Aleppo, taking control of at least 15 building blocks and killing and wounding a number of militants,” the sources said, adding, “Also, a number of Turkistani terrorists have been trapped in the circle of the army soldiers in the Housing Project 1070.”
The Arabic al-Watan daily reported that army men and popular forces, backed up by Syrian warplanes, have started an operation to strengthen security in the Western part of Aleppo city, “and after liberation of Tal (Hill) al-Rakham and Tal Mo’ata on the Western side of Aleppo Military Academy Buildings, the rest of the Housing Project 1070 and al-Hikmah School have militarily fallen into the hands of government forces”.
“Over 15 militants have thus far been killed and 30 more have been wounded in army operation in Western Aleppo,” al-Watan added.
After taking control over the Housing Project 1070 and al-Hikmah School, the army is expected to attack militants’ centers in the neighborhoods of al-Rashedeen 4 and 5 that are the terrorists’ entrance gates to the district of al-Hamdaniyeh.
In relevant developments in the province on Thursday, the Syrian army and popular forces’ continued operations in the Southwestern parts of Aleppo led to their further advance in the strategic al-Rashedeen region.
“The army extended its control over the Southwestern parts of Aleppo after retaking Housing Project 1070 and al-Hikmah School and reached the gates of al-Rashedeen region,” a military source said on Thursday.
Based on the latest reports, heavy clashes are underway between the Syrian troops and the terrorists in al-Rashedeen.
Meantime, the Syrian soldiers and their allies could fully purge the terrorists of al-Hikmah region.
Terrorists had earlier dug several tunnels among the buildings located in Housing Project 1070 and planted bombs in many of them and at present, the army’s engineering units are demining the region and defusing the bombs, the military source said.
2wAccording to the source, concurrent with the Syrian army’s advance, the militants’ defense lines have collapsed in the Western front.
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Clashes between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and ISIL on the Southern side of Hasaka city left at least 20 terrorists dead.
The clashes between ISIL and the Kurdish fighters erupted near the town of Shaddadi South of Hasaka after an attempt by ISIL militants to storm YPG headquarters in the region.
“ISIL terrorists tried to penetrate into YPG headquarters in the village of al-Malha in the Southern part of Shaddadi,” the YPG spokesman said.
“However, the Kurdish YPG fighters repelled the attack after clashes with ISIL militants,” the spokesman said.
At least 21 ISIL militants were killed in the clashes, while four YPG fighters were reportedly wounded.
In mid-February 2016, the YPG and its allies from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) concluded a protracted campaign by liberating Shaddadi city.
In recent months ISIL has been trying to return to the region, launching mortar and car bomb attacks from its bases in Deir Ezzur province.
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