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A curtain between the Iraqi forces and ISIS snipers in Western Mosul
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Iraqi forces began an offensive to wrestle control of a key Mosul bridge from ISIL militants on Tuesday as the offensive to liberate the city from the militant group continues.
Bad weather conditions had slowed progress by Iraqi Rapid Response Units on Monday, but heavy fighting resumed on Tuesday as weather conditions improved, NRT reported.
The fighting brought a steady stream of displaced families fleeing the West of the city due to early morning heavy shelling.
Mosul’s Iron Bridge is now within Iraqi forces’ sights, but despite getting within 100m of the strategic site, progress has been halted by ISIL snipers.
“Our forces managed to resume advancing inside the old city center after weather improved and succeeded in retaking the Korneesh Street which runs by the riverside. It’s very key for our forces to secure the riverside and prevent ISIL militants from turning around our advancing forces,” a Rapid Response media officer told Reuters, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.
Iraqi forces hope the bridge will be captured by the end of Tuesday, allowing Eastern Mosul to be linked to the Old City. The capture of the bridge would bring the total number of bridges in the city that are under Iraqi forces control to three, leaving just two others in ISIL hands.
“Seizing the bridge will help further tighten the noose around ISIL fighters entrenched inside the old city,” the Rapid Response official added.
The offensive to recapture West Mosul started three weeks ago.
Their operation to retake the Eastern bank of the city, launched in mid-October with support of their allied forces, took more than three months.
As Iraqi forces advance deeper into West Mosul, they are facing increasingly stiff resistance from ISIL militants using suicide car bombs and snipers to defend their last major stronghold in Iraq.
Defense of Deir Ez-zor. SAA positions
Arab media outlets said that the US troops have carried out another heliborne operation to evacuate 10 more ISIL commanders from the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.
The Arabic language al-Hadath news website reported that several US military helicopters landed on kilometer 10 of Deir Ezzur-Hasaka road and evacuated a number of ISIL commanders from the region.
“After the helicopter landed, several US marines took 10 ISIL commanders on board and left the region,” the report said.
“Abu Dajane Fransawi has most likely been among the top ISIL commanders taken away by the US marines,” it added.
Abu Dajaneh was ISIL’s man in charge of the terrorist group’s financial affairs in Forat (Euphrates) oilfield.
Local sources disclosed in January that the US-led coalition’s helicopters carried out an unprecedented heliborne operation in areas West of Deir Ezzur city to relocate ISIL’s foreign fighters from the region.
The sources said that 6 helicopters were present in the operations, including two that carried a number of soldiers and Arabic translators in a region near al-Kebr station.
The source said the US troops left the helicopters and staged a raid on the terrorists at a water pump station, killing a number of them. “Then they took several ISIL terrorists captive, in an action that more seemed like a theatrical move”.
“It looked like a drill and our suspicions grew when we came to realize that they only took captive those ISIL members who were foreigners,” he added.
Other sources said that “the coalition forces that could speak Arabic with the accent of the Persian Gulf states took with them some of the non-Syrian members of the ISIL”.
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SAA+VKS restored control over Sabkhat al-Mooh and the power transmission plant near Palmyra.
Syrian Army Seizes back Palmyra’s Power Station from ISIL Terrorists
The Syrian Army troops struck heavily ISIL’s defense lines South of the newly-liberated city of Palmyra (Tadmur), driving terrorists out of the city’s Power Convertor Station. The army men engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL and managed to push them back from Palmyra’s Power Convertor Station and Sabkhah (lagoon) al-Mouh in the Southern countryside of the ancient city. A military source in Eastern Homs said that the army’s attack inflicted heavy casualties on the ISIL and destroyed several military vehicles. The source added that the remaining pockets of ISIL fled the battlefield. Reports said earlier today that the army units targeted ISIL’s military convoy of vehicles that were retreating from the Eastern direction of Palmyra towards the terrorist-held regions in Deir Ezzur province, destroying several vehicles and killing or wounding their crew.
In the meantime, the Syrian Air Force carried out several combat flights over ISIL’s positions in Arak village and near the Third Station in Eastern Homs. Also, the army soldiers continued to attack ISIL’s positons from Palmyra’s military airport towards Bayarat al-Sharqi and engaged in fierce clashes with them on a road between Palmyra and al-Sukhnah town, killing and wounding a number of terrorists. Elsewhere in the province, the army men targeted badly the terrorists’ positions and concentration centers in Tal Zahab settlement in al-Houleh plain and in al-Qantou town. Syria: Preemptive Missile Strikes on Suicide Bombers
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