Iraqi War Report – February 28, 2017: Storm Of Western Mosul
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The comprehensive military campaign by Iraqi military forces to liberate the Northern city of Mosul from ISIL militants continued on Tuesday with local media reporting that the Iraqi security forces managed to take control of a key bridge and a neighborhood as they push further into Western Mosul.
Iraqi Forces Retake Key Bridge in Western Mosul
Iraqi security forces managed to take control of a key bridge and a neighborhood as they push further into Western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold of the ISIL terrorists in the country.
Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah – the commander of ‘We Are Coming, Nineveh Operations’ – said the Iraqi forces captured the neighborhood of Jawsaq as well as what is known locally as the fourth bridge across Tigris River on Monday, presstv reported.
He added that the Iraqi forces raised the national flag above several buildings in the neighborhood after inflicting heavy losses on ISIL terrorists, without elaborating.
ISIL Radio Station in Mosul Silenced in Iraqi Airstrike
A raid by the Iraqi Air force destroyed an ISIL-operated radio station in Mosul as security forces advance into the West of the flashpoint city.
Al-Bayan radio suddenly fell silent after its office was hit by an air raid, Iraqi security sources and an anti-ISIL activist said, the New Arab reported.
“The radio station’s transmitter was struck, rendering it completely out of service. This means ISIL has lost its last media outlet in the city,” activist Qusay al-Mosuli said.
Iraqi Forces Surround Western Mosul District, Target ISIL with Airstrikes
Iraqi security forces surrounded Mosul’s Southern district of Wadi al-Hajar from South and Southwest, and began advancing toward the ISIL lines to eventually liberate this part of the Northern city from the terror group.
The ISIL militants, however, have put up a fierce fight against the advancing forces, but face intense airstrikes who target ISIL positions in the area that Iraqi forces conduct by the use of helicopters to limit the collateral damage on local residents, Rudaw reported.
An Iraqi senior commander told Rudaw that it was especially hard for their forces to breach the ISIL concrete defense lines in al-Tayyaran district which was liberated this week, and is next to the Wadi al-Hajar.
70 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Army’s Artillery Attacks Near Tal Afar
The artillery units of the Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) attacked ISIL’s command center in a region near Tal Afar in Nineveh province, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists.
“Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi army’s Brigade 92 pounded with artillery shells a meeting of ISIL commanders near the police center of Tal Afar city, killing 70 terrorists and injuring many more,” the Iraqi sources said.
It is now a long time that the Iraqi forces have been trying to win back Tal Afar city and cut ISIL’s supply routes to Syria.
Iraqi Popular Forces Gain More Ground near Tal Afar, West of Mosul
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) gained more ground against the ISIL militants near the town of Tal Afar, West of Mosul.
The Iraqi popular forces, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, also released a video showing the forces attacks on targets in areas occupied by ISIL, with thick black smoke being seen rising from targets after they were hit, NRT reported.
The fighters were able to kill a number of militants and seize their weapons and vehicles, according to their field commanders. Liberated residents are seen in the video welcoming the troops.
ISIL Female Bomber Arrested in Eastern Mosul before Attacking School
Iraqi forces arrested early Tuesday a girl believed to be an ISIL member before carrying out a suicide bombing at a girls school in the security-controlled Eastern Mosul.
A local source reported that the girl, putting on an explosive belt, was on her way to blow herself up inside a girls-only school in Wahda district, Iraqi News reported.
Police sealed off the school’s vicinity, according to the source, who said that many ISIL-linked women had managed to melt within civilians though implicated in brutal abuses against Iraqi women over the past two years.
Nearly 1,000 ISIL Militants Killed by Iraqi Forces in February
At least 929 ISIL militants have been killed by the Iraqi Federal Police and the Rapid Response Units since the start of the new phase of the operation against the terrorist group in Mosul, aiming to retake the Western parts of the city.
The Iraqi forces have also managed to take full control over 26 villages and neighborhoods since last week when the Iraqi government launched the offensive against ISIL in Western Mosul, Kuwait News Agency reported.
The operation has led to the destruction of approximately 84 vehicles and dozens of explosive devices, the Federal Police Chief Raed Jawdat announced in a statement released on Monday, adding that during the operation the units have also seized a large amount of weapons and projectiles.
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A source in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed that the Syrian army troops have continued their advances against the ISIL in Eastern Aleppo and deployed forces close to the town of Manbij, blocking the Turkey-backed militants move towards Raqqa province.
The source said that the Syrian Army soldiers have reached SDF-controlled regions near Manbij so no pathway has remained open to the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield Operation forces to go to Raqqa province.
The source underscored that the SDF will continue the Euphrates Rage Operation and will advance towards Raqqa; “hence they will also be able to block the Raqqa-al-Bab road and the al-Bab-al-Tabaqa road to Ankara-backed militants.
The sources further added that with the arrival of the Syrian Army in regions near Manbij, the road connecting regions controlled by the Kurds to the Afrin Canton in Northern Aleppo has reopened and Manbij has once again been connected to Ein al-Arab (Kobani).
In relevant developments on Monday, the Syrian army cut off the only way left for the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield Operation militants to the town of Manbij.
The army forces drove ISIL out of the town of Jubb al-Khafa and expanded their presence to the regions under the control of the SDF in the towns of Um Khazreh and Houteh.
Military sources said the Syrian army’s control over Jubb al-Khafa sealed off the road to Manbij, preventing the Euphrates Shield Operation force from expanding to the town in Northeastern Aleppo.
The sources said that arrival of the Syrian army at borders with the SDF-controlled regions would open new safe corridors for transferring civilians from East Aleppo province to Aleppo city and other regions that were controlled by the Kurdish forces.
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