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ISIS update 2/23/2017..Iraqi Forces Retake Mosul Airport

Thursday, February 23, 2017 13:36
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Iraqi army approaching Mosul airport

Iraqi Forces Battle to Retake Mosul Airport

Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport in bid to retake city

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Iraqi Forces Capture Mosul Airport

Media sources said minutes ago that the Iraqi Police forces continued their advances against ISIL terrorists and managed to win back Mosul’s airport after hours of fierce clashes.

The Arabic language al-Soumeriyah news reported that the Iraqi Federal police forces engaged in an intense battle with ISIL terrorists and could drive them out of Mosul’s airport.

Al-Soumeriyah further added that ISIL has suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware has sustained major damage in the attack.

In the meantime, the Russian language Sputnik news agency quoted an Iraqi security source as saying that the Iraqi federal police’s rapid response force has completely liberated the Mosul airport from ISIL terrorists.

A military source said that the Iraqi forces are resolved to turn the newly-liberated airport into a main base for completing their control over other ISIL-held regions in Mosul.

Also, spokesman for the Iraqi forces announced that the country’s special forces engaged in a tough battle with the ISIL and managed to enter military base of al-Qazlani near Mosul city.

Airstrikes by the Iraqi Air Force on ISIL positions in Southern and Western Mosul earlier on Wednesday left at least 36 terrorists dead, including a top commander of the terror group in Mosul, according to military sources.

Colonel Khodeir Saleh, from the Federal Police service said that at least 35 ISIL militants were killed in airstrikes in Southern Mosul, Iraqi News reported.

He did not name the exact location of the strikes, but added that they coincided with Iraqi Army’s strikes at the Mosul Airport, a major ISIL stronghold targeted by Iraqi forces.

Meanwhile, Popular Mobilization Forces, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, said through its media service that Iraqi fighter jets killed the ISIL’s “wali” or governor of the town of Tal Afar, Mostafa Youssef, when they bombarded the village of Ein Tallawi in Western Mosul.

Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport, military base

Iraqi forces storm strategic military base near Mosul

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Iraq: US Forces Trying to Evacuate ISIL Commanders from Tal Afar

Commander of Asa’eb al-Haq Movement affiliated to Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi said that the US forces have been trying hard to evacuate ISIL commanders from the besieged city of Tal Afar West of Mosul.

After photos surfaced in the media displaying US forces assisting ISIL terrorists, Javad al-Talaybawi said that the Americans are planning to take ISIL commanders away from Tal Afar that is under the Iraqi forces’ siege.

In the meantime, member of Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Commission Iskandar Watut called for a probe into photos and footages displaying US planes airdropping aid packages over ISIL-held regions.

Watut further added that we have witnessed several times that US planes dropped packages of food stuff, arms and other necessary items over ISIL-held regions, and called on Iraq’s air defense to watch out the US-led coalition planes.

Eyewitnesses disclosed on Wednesday that the US military planes helped the ISIL terrorists in Tal Afar region West of Mosul.

“We saw several packages dropped out of a US army aircraft in the surrounding areas of the city of Tal Afar in Western Nineveh province and six people also came out of a US plane in the ISIL-controlled areas,” the Arabic-language media quoted a number of eyewitnesses as saying.

Tal Afar city has been under the siege of the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) for about two months now and the efforts by the ISIL terrorists to help their comrades besieged in Tal Afar have failed so far.

The news comes as the Iraqi army had reported that the US air force has been helping the ISIL terrorists in areas controlled by the terrorist group. The Iraqi army says that the US army is trying to transfer the ISIL commanders trapped in areas besieged by the Iraqi army to safe regions.     

Women from a Deir ez-Zour village burn their veils in defiance after liberation from ISIS

 Syrian Army Wins Back Strategic Height South of Deir Ezzur

The Syrian Army troops continued their operation in the Southern outskirts of Deir Ezzur city to remove ISIL’s siege on the military airport and managed to take control over a key height in the cemetery region.

The army soldiers engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in Deir Ezzur’s cemetery in the Southern outskirts of the city and won back Height 23 that overlooks the regions of Sakhra Makbat al-Kanasa and al-Thardah valley South of the cemetery.

A field source reported heavy casualties of ISIL terrorists near the Height 23, adding that the army men are fortifying their positions around the newly-liberated region.

Local sources reported on Wednesday that people in the Northern countryside of Deir Ezzur city engaged in clashes with ISIL, killing the entire member of an ISIL expedition team in the region, including their commander.

The sources said that a number of residents of al-Janineh region in the Northern countryside of Deir Ezzur stormed a checkpoint of ISIL and managed to kill the entire terrorists in the checkpoint, including their commander Abu Aisha Tunisi.

Also, military sources in Eastern Syrian said that Syrian Air Force intensified attacks on ISIL’s gatherings and movements near al-Thardah mountain, Deir Ezzur’s cemetery (al-Maqaber), cement-block workshops, Jonayd division and al-Orfi neighborhood.

The sources added that the army units targeted a gathering of ISIL in the terrorist-held part of al-Maqaber, killing several snipers.

In the meantime, the army soldiers hit ISIL’s movements in al-Huweiqa passage near Nadi (club) al-Mohandesin North of the suspended bridge, killing a number of militants and destroying eight vehicles.

Raw footage: scale of destruction in al-Bab after FSA fighters gain control of the city

Caliphate left Al-Bab

Today, suddenly and swiftly completed storming Al-Baba lasted from November 2016. Command of the Caliphate has decided to leave the city and Yeshe from the night began to divert troops along the corridor between Tadifom Bzaa and east. Most likely in the near future will be left Kabaysin and Bzaa. Until the end it is not clear what exactly was the reason for the rapid withdrawal of Al-Baba, but we can assume that there was a threat of the final environment to the east of Al-Bab, plus the promotion of CAA to the Euphrates and dayr hafir created a threat of a larger environment that would cut the remaining forces of the Caliphate in northern Syria from the main territory controlled by insurgents. Apparently, a departure from the group of the Caliphate of Al-Bab lead to increased resistance to “black” north of dayr hafir.

But the Turks are to be congratulated, despite serious problems, a loss and a variety of schools, they have achieved, albeit with a significant delay. With the occupation of Al-Bab, the campaign against the Caliphate in northern Syria is essentially completed. It remains only dayr hafir clean. In the Al-Bab in the coming days should undergo cleaning and filtering measures. Just some more time is needed for stripping and Kabaysina Bzaa.

Successfully developing and Kurdish offensive to the northeast of Raqqa. Out on the immediate approaches to the capital of the Caliphate, the Kurds, with the support of Americans are cleanup areas east of the city. The enemy has a moderate resistance, removing the main force to Rakka and Euphrates. It is expected that in the coming weeks, the Kurds occupy rural and desert areas to the north of the Euphrates and continue compressing Raqqa podgotovlivaya ground for operations aimed at taking the capital of the Caliphate.

Just today CAA clean one of the neighborhoods of Aleppo east of Rashidin 4. This quarter was occupied by militants during the autumn with the onset to deblokady Aleppo and has since been under militant control. Today, the Syrian army carried out a final sweep the remnants of militant groups retreated Rashidin.

It is also worth noting the success of the Iraqi army to the south of Mosul. During today’s fighting, advance units entered the territory of the Mosul airport, and close to the southern outskirts of the city. The enemy has a fierce resistance, but stop the superior forces of the Iraqi army can not. The main resistance will be provided in the southern and south-western areas of the city.

In general, the case of the Caliphate situation is quite grim. More or less successful defense in eastern Homs and the local victory over the “green” in Deraa, can not stop the deterioration of the strategic position of the Caliphate.

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