Over 50 ISIS militants killed, 32 taken captive as Iraqi forces step up Mosul operations

Iraqi army forces are seen during clashes with ISIS in Nineveh Governorate. File photo

ARA News

Duhok – More than 50 ISIS jihadists were killed and 32 others were taken captive by the Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, military sources reported on Saturday.

Backed by the US-led coalition’s air forces, the Iraqi Army attacked major ISIS headquarters in southern Mosul.

“The Daesh terrorist group has suffered heavy losses in manpower and equipment under heavy bombardment by our forces over the past two days,” The Iraqi General Command said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group (ISIS). “Over 50 terrorists were killed and 32 others were taken captive in southern Mosul.”

Also, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Units reported new gains west of the city.

“Our units liberated three new neighbourhoods in western Mosul, including al-Masaref, Qahira and al-Amin,” an Iraqi officer told ARA News over the phone.

On the other hand, the Islamic State issued a statement, published by the jihadi Amaq News Agency, saying that at least 15 Iraqi forces were killed in what the group described as “a martyrdom operation” [a suicide attack] in eastern Mosul earlier on Friday.

The Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga launched a joint operation on October 17, to capture the city and its surroundings from ISIS.

Bolstered by the coalition’s air support, Iraqi security forces recently took control of dozens of towns and villages in Mosul’s countryside. They also captured several neighborhoods in the city itself.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ceziri and Sadredin Kino | Source: ARA News

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