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The comprehensive military campaign by Iraqi military forces to liberate the Northern city of Mosul from ISIL militants continued on Sunday with reports saying that the country’s counterterrorism forces advanced further inside the center of the city of Mosul and managed to reach the Eastern bank of the Tigris River for the first time.
Iraq’s Military Troops Reach Tigris River in Mosul
Iraq’s counterterrorism forces advanced further inside the center of the city of Mosul and managed to reach the Eastern bank of the Tigris River on Sunday for the first time, a military spokesman said.
“The counterterrorism forces pushed back the ISIL terrorists from a bridge over the river,” the Arabic-language media quoted Iraq’s counterterrorism department spokesman Sabah al-Nauman as saying on Sunday.
The ISIL terrorists sustained heavy losses and casualties in tough battle with the Iraqi forces.
At Least 27 Civilians Killed by US Coalition Warplanes in Iraq’s Mosul
US-led coalition warplanes killed 27 civilians in airstrikes in Iraq’s Mosul city, an Iraqi doctor said.
Dr. Ahmed Raid al-Hamadani, an official with Mosul operations’ mobile hospitals unit said according to eyewitnesses’ accounts, a civilian convey of 10 vehicles was targeted by US-led coalition forces in Eastern part of Mosul, where ISIL has no connection, Anadolu reported.
Al-Hamadani said at least 15 people were killed in the attack.
Iraqi Forces Fight ISIL Near Ancient Site in Mosul
Iraqi special forces clashed with ISIL militants near a historic site in Mosul Sunday, an officer in Iraq’s counter-terrorism service said, as they tried to drive the militants out of more districts in the city.
The elite counter-terrorism service has spearheaded advances into Eastern Mosul in the nearly 12-week offensive to recapture the city, which is ISIL’ last major stronghold in Iraq, the Daily Star reported.
“CTS troops advanced in two directions towards the Baladiyat and Sukkar districts,” Lt.General Abdelwahab al-Saadi said.
Iraqi Air Force Destroys ISIL’s Arms Depots Northwest of Ramadi, West of Mosul
The Iraqi fighter jets pounded ISIL’s military positions, including an arms depots, in a region located Northwest of the city of al-Ramadi in Anbar province and West of the city of Mosul in Nineveh province.
The ISIL’s arms and ammunition depot in the town of Raveh was destroyed by the Iraqi warplanes on Sunday.
Meantime, the Iraqi air force pounded and destroyed the ISIL’s arms depot in Andolus region in the Western part of the city of Mosul.
Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces Advance toward Mosul University
The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces reached the surrounding areas of the University of Mosul, North of the left coast of the Iraqi Northern city.
“Iraqi forces are on the outskirts of Mosul University, and we have plan to storm new neighborhoods in the city today, as we conducting now, search operations in the liberated neighborhoods,” the commander of the First Special Forces Division in the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces, General Sami al-Ardhi said in a statement, Badr News reported.
“We cannot determine the specific timings to announce the liberation of the left coast, but it will be achieved within a few days,” the Iraqi general added.
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Syria’s President Bashar Assad told visiting French lawmakers Sunday that he was “optimistic” about new peace talks planned for later this month, a member of the delegation said.
Lawmaker Thierry Mariani said the Syrian president also declared himself willing to negotiate with nearly 100 rebel groups fighting against his government, excluding terror organizations, the Daily Star reported.
Assad received the three French lawmakers in the capital Damascus Sunday, a day after the delegation visited second city Aleppo, recently recaptured by the government.
Assad told the delegation he was “counting a lot” on the new peace talks expected to be convened later this month in the Kazakh capital Astana.
Mariani told AFP that Assad told the delegation he was “ready to talk” with some 91 militant groups, not including ISIL group or Al-Qaeda affiliate Fatah al-Sham Front.
Assad said he was “optimistic” and “ready for reconciliation with them on the condition that they lay down their arms,” Mariani said.
Mariani added that Assad criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of jailing “more political prisoners than all the Arab countries put together.”
And he said the Syrian leader dismissed accusations of war crimes by his forces by saying that no wars were clean.
“There were probably mistakes on the part of the government” that Assad said he would “condemn” and “regret,” Mariani said.
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