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ISIS update 3/01/2017..Iraqi army shuts main exit of Daesh in west Mosul

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:01
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Iraqi army shuts main exit of Daesh

Iraqi troops close on government buildings in west Mosul

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces take control of Wadi Hajar from ISIS
in West Mosul

"" target=
"_blank" title="">Battle for Mosul Day 135: ISIL Commanders Fleeing

The comprehensive military campaign by Iraqi military forces to
liberate the Northern city of Mosul from ISIL militants continued
on Wednesday with Iraqi sources making more advances inside and
around the city, and the Iraqi Police Commander General Shaker
Jawdat saying the ISIL has started its final collapse in Mosul as
the terrorist group’s commanders are escaping the city in

Police Chief: ISIL Commanders Fleeing Mosul

Iraqi Police Commander General Shaker Jawdat said ISIL has started
its final collapse in Mosul as the terrorist group’s commanders are
escaping the city in numbers.

“The ISIL terrorists are presently facing confusion due to their
defeats in tough battles with the Iraqi government forces,” the
Arabic-language media quoted Judat as saying on Wednesday.

He reiterated that Iraq’s intelligence data indicate that the ISIL
is on the verge of full collapse as the terrorist commanders are
escaping from the city.

Iraq’s PMF Repulses ISIL Attack Southeast of Tikrit

A local source in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin informed that
Popular Mobilization Forces managed to repulse an attack launched
by ISIL militants Southeast of Tikrit, local sources said.

The source said that the popular forces, locally known as Hashd
al-Shaabi, repelled an attack launched by the ISIL terror group on
Albu Khado village, Southeast of Tikrit District, Al Sumeriya

“The security forces also destroyed two vehicles belonging to the
terrorist group, killing two militants, as well as arresting
another ISIL member,” the source added on condition of

ISIL Terrorists Trying to Blend with Civilians Leaving Mosul

Iraqi security forces said they expect that terrorists of ISIL to
try to hide and mix with local residents sliping out of the
Northern city of Mosul, as the Iraqi forces are advancing further
to eventually liberate the city from ISIL.

An Iraqi intelligence officer said on condition of anonymity that
he suspect that the ISIL members, especially non-combatants and
those who did not hold any public positions, are desperately trying
to avoid ending up in hands of Iraqi security forces, RT

The officer told Reuters that Iraqi Security forces, however, rely
on databases of known ISIL members, local informants, and their own
professional flair to identify ISIL militants among the groups
Iraqi civilians leaving Mosul.

Iraqi Forces Close in on ISIL-Held Mosul Government Buildings

Iraqi forces battled their way to within firing range of Mosul’s
main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to
dislodge ISIL militants from their remaining stronghold in the
Western side of the city.

Terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting, some toward
government lines, often under militant fire. Others were forced to
head deeper into ISIL-held parts of the city, straining scarce food
and water supplies there, Iraqi News reported.

Iraqi forces captured the Eastern side of Mosul in January after
100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts
that lie West of the Tigris river on Feb. 19.

If they defeat ISIL in Mosul, that would end in terror group
without a major urban bastion in Iraq.

Iraqi Army Effectively Cuts Last Main Exit Road Out of Mosul

Iraqi army units shut the last main exit out of the ISIL terror
group’s stronghold in Western Mosul, controlling access to the city
from the Northwest, a general and residents there said on

The army’s 9th armored division is within a kilometer of Mosul’s
“Syria Gate”, the Northwestern entrance of the city, a general from
the unit told reporters by telephone, Iraqi News reported.

“We effectively control the road, it is within our sight,” he said.
Mosul residents said they had not been able to travel on the
highway that begins at the “Syria Gate” since Tuesday.

The road links Mosul to Tal Afar, another ISIL stronghold 60 km (40
miles) to the West, and then to the Syrian border

Thousands leave western Mosul amid fighting

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her life

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Turkey-backed forces will move to Manjib

"" target=
"_blank" title="">Analyst: Continued Euphrates Shield Operation in
Syria Turned into Crisis for Turkey

A prominent Turkish analyst underlined that his country’s soldiers
and their allied militants fighting for the Ankara-backed Euphrates
Shield Operation has turned into a crisis for Turkey, adding that
Turkey will most possibly be not allowed to take part in the Raqqa

“Given the fact that Turkey has continued the Operation in the past
8 months, there are doubts about its success as there are tough
differences and complaints in Turkey over this military
adventurism,” Malik Kaya said on Wednesday.

He referred to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claims that
his country wants to occupy 5,000sq/km of Syrian territories, and
said that Ankara is now facing the problem of the Syrian refugees,
as some rows and clashes are reported between the refugees and the
Turkish population in addition to their feeding expenses, education
and employment.

Noting that continuation of the Euphrates Shield Operation has
turned into a crisis in Turkey and fomented differences among the
Turkish officials, Kaya asked if Turkey will have any real chance
to take part in the Raqqa operations.

“It seems that Turkey will not be given any such chance and
opportunity,” he answered.

A top placed military source revealed earlier on Wednesday that the
Syrian army plans to tighten security measures across the regions
stretching from East Aleppo to the Kurdish populated territories in
Afrin Canton to block any possible advance by either the ISIL or
the Turkish soldiers and their allied militants fighting for the
Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Operation.

The source said that the Syrian army intends to carry out a
clean-up operation in the towns of Jubb al-Sultan, al-Za’aroureh,
Jubb al-Homam and Jubb al-Khafa and the villages South of Manbij to
strengthen its lines of defense along the strip that stretches to
the Kurdish-held region in Northeastern Aleppo.

The Syrian forces have liberated several towns South of Manbij in
the last few days and blocked any further advances of the Turkish
army and Ankara-backed militants towards Manbij, reconnecting
Eastern Aleppo to its Northeastern parts after five years.

The army also advanced against ISIL in Eastern Aleppo and cut off
pathway of Ankara-backed militants to Raqqa.

A source in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
confirmed on Tuesday that the Syrian army troops 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 reached
SDF-controlled regions near Manbij so no pathway remained open to
the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield Operation forces to go to Raqqa

The source underscored that the SDF would continue the Euphrates
Rage Operation and would advance towards Raqqa; “hence they would
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 was reopened and
Manbij was once again connected to Ein al-Arab (Kobani).

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cannot say anything”

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Syrian army expected to enter Palmyra “any moment”

Syrian Forces are Entering Palmyra


The Syrian Forces have started to enter the city of Palmyra, field
reports claim. After seizing control of the Palmyra triangle and
liberating the citadel of Palmyra, it is now only a matter of time
when Palmyra as a whole will be liberated. Vanguard units of the
Syrian Army are said to have already started to enter the city. The
Army also gained control of the key water sources and the southern
fields. The Syrian army is making constant gains in the areas
surrounding Palmyra. ISIS terrorists are currently facing severe

The Army also destroyed a building that was filled with terrorists
in Harasta, east of Damascus.

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"" target=
"_blank">ISIL’s Long Convoy of Military Vehicles Destroyed in
Syrian Airstrike in Deir Ezzur

"" target=
"_blank">Syrian Army Wins Back Strategic Palmyra Triangle

"" target=
"_blank">Iranian Version of S-300 Air Defense Shield under
Continued Operational Tests

"" target=
"_blank">Syrian Army to Secure Eastern Aleppo against Threats Posed
by ISIL, Turkey, Ankara-Backed Militants

"" target=
"_blank">Syria: Terrorists’ Front in Eastern Damascus on Verge of
Full Collapse

"" target=
"_blank">Syrian Soldiers Capture More Lands, Lay Siege on ISIL in
Two Regions East of Aleppo

"" target=
"_blank">FSA Vows to Shift Fight from ISIL to Syrian Kurds in
Northern Aleppo
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