Iraq Army Forces Push Towards Airport In Bitter Battle To Retake West Mosul
Iraqi forces 2km from Mosul airport
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units “PMF” announced that ISIL’s supply lines between the district of Tal Afar and the Western part of Mosul have been cut off by the Iraqi forces completely, stressing the advance of their troops for more than 20 km deep during the operation to eventually liberate Mosul.
The 26th brigade of the Popular Mobilization Units, has cut the last supply line used by ISIL terror group in “Al-Sahaji Street” links between Mosul’s right coast and the district of Tal Afar, PMF said in a statement, Badr News reported.
“The operations have witnessed so far, the detonation of 8 car bombs and the killing of more than 50 militants belonging to ISIL terror group”, the statement added.
The operaton to liberate Western Mosul was launched yesterday, the military operations to liberate the right side of the city of Mosul amid a significant progress by the security forces that inflicted ISIL heavy losses in militants and equipment.
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Syria – The Syrian Army supported by Russia are 10 km from Palmyra against ISIS – 20 February 2017
The attack on Palmyra
The ongoing since January offensive Syrian army in Palmyra, the Russian contingent suffered losses.
On February 16, about the movement of the column of the Syrian army in the area of the air base Tiyas on radio-controlled roadside bomb was blown up the car with the Russian military. Our four dead and two wounded. In view of the extended front to the north of the road stretching from Tiyasa in the direction of Homs, the output of subversive groups of militants across the desert to the road, it is quite possible, especially since the strikes on the lines of communication CAA during offensive operations Syrians are typical halifatchikov practice. Russia normally helps here Syrians actively supporting offensive team attack helicopters – Mi-28, Mi-35 and Ka-52 beats long-range bomber, as well as a group of military advisers (who participated in the establishment and training of “5th Legion “) and probably MTR forces (in the photographs from the area flashed operation” Tigers “and BTR-82 in the areas of accumulation of Syrian armored) As usual, the war is not without losses. Rest in peace.
The very same attack on Palmyra is developing quite successfully. After the occupation of the crossroads to the east of the airbase Tiyas army for several weeks leading heavy fighting over oil fields in the area north of the road Tiyas Palmira. Promotion to the most Palmyra quite slow, as the army spends a considerable part of the forces on the formation of the front covering the road which is the main progress to Palmyra. As indicated at the beginning of the offensive, the Syrian command having before our eyes last year’s experience failures under Tabka and Palmyra, tends not to draw a narrow gut deep in enemy territory, and seeks to ensure the flanks to prevent flanking enemy action, after the advanced units will go to Palmyra and begin preparing the assault surrounding heights to the north of the city, control of which guarantees the liberation of the city. At the moment, to the outskirts of Palmyra there are about 13-15 kilometers.
The enemy continues to adhere to the line associated with an active mobile defense. Creating a threat to the flanks advancing grouping and driving constraints fighting command “black” to gain time, in preparation for the provision of long-term resistance line Huvaysis-Jazan-Shaer north of route Palmyra-Tiyas, as well as to the defense of the north-western approaches to Palmyra. The liberation of the city on the one hand requires no hurry, on the other hand, if there are plans for the unblocking of Deir ez-Zor through Palmyra direction, then tighten the assault on the town certainly is not necessary, because these battles west of the city, the enemy holds down substantial forces Syrian army and its allies, and the operation itself, in view of the active Russian participation in it implies that the problem of the liberation of Palmyra is one of the priorities for the next 1-2 months. In principle, at current rates, Palmyra can re-release in March.
The army units in cooperation with the supporting forces established full control over Turfa Asharkiyah village in al-Bayyarat region in Homs eastern countryside.
The source added that the military operations in the region resulted in
eliminating a number of ISIS terrorists and destroyed many of their
vehicles, fortifications and ammunition.
In the eastern countryside of the province, an army unit eliminated all
members of ISIS terrorist group in al-Bardeh area in Homs countryside
and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.
The Kurds and their allies are night battle with the terrorists of ISIS near the village of Sabah al-Kheyr. The Raqqa province.
Large Scale Night Operation With Great Numbers of FSA Fighters against ISIS in Al Bab
A senior Syrian legislator disclosed that Damascus troops are about to launch a massive operation to capture the SIL-held town of al-Bab East of Aleppo province in Northern Syria within the next few days after Turkey sustained a major defeat and withdrew forces from the strategic town.
“The army will capture and impose full control over al-Bab in coming days,” Mohanad al-Haj told FNA on Tuesday.
Noting that liberation of al-Bab would defuse Turkish and US plots to create a safe zone in Northern Syria and will be a new winning card for Damascus in peace talks, he said, “The al-Bab battle will certainly cut the link between terrorists and their backers in Syria and will be a second decisive battle before declaring Syria’s full victory in the war.”
Al-Haj stated that Turkey and its affiliated militant troops have failed to push ISIL back in al-Bab after their recent losses and defeats, and said liberation of al-Bab by the army will push Turkey, Europe and the US into a status of confusion because they will be faced with a flood of defeated foreign terrorists seeking to return to their homelands.
Reports said on February 13 that the Turkish troops and their affiliated forces had taken as much as 40 per cent of the Northern Syrian town of al-Bab from ISIL.
But only a few days later, reinvigorated ISIL troops returned to the battle scene and captured almost the entire city. Media sources disclosed on February 19 that the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militant groups have sustained a major defeat in al-Bab and lost almost the entire town.
“In spite of what Turkey has claimed that the Euphrates Shield military operation in al-Bab is nearing its end, the Turkish-back militants have not made any progress in the town and the ISIL is now in control of 90 percent of al-Bab,” the Arabic-language Al-Watan daily said quoting the pro-militant Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The report comes as Turkish airstrikes as well as artillery attacks by the Turkish army and the Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Operation militants are strongly underway, taking the lives of over 100 civilians in the last 10 days.
The Turkish army troops have also sustained heavy losses and casualties in their operation that has been underway without the Damascus government’s permission.
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