Iraq: 13 Pro-Government Fighters Killed in Mosul

Published May 23rd, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Members of the Iraqi forces patrol streets in the western neighborhood of Tamuz in Mosul on May 23, 2017, after the area was retaken during the ongoing offensive against Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Members of the Iraqi forces patrol streets in the western neighborhood of Tamuz in Mosul on May 23, 2017, after the area was retaken during the ongoing offensive against Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

At least 13 pro-government fighters were killed in the fight to capture the center of al-Qayrawan district in western Iraq's Mosul city from Daesh terrorist group on Monday night, according to a militia commander on Tuesday. 

The Hashd al-Shaabi militia wrestled control of the district’s center from Daesh early Tuesday following an overnight offensive. 

“Thirteen fighters were killed and nine others injured in the operation,” Mohammad Reda al-Hassani told Anadolu Agency. 

He said 41 Daesh militants had also been killed in the fight

In February, Iraqi forces -- with air cover provided by a U.S.-led coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at purging Daesh from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in the region. 

The offensive came as part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which Daesh overran -- along with other parts of the country -- in mid-2014.


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