Iraqi Forces Make Gains, Retake Four Villages from Daesh

Published May 25th, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Iraqi forces load artillery outside Mosul (AFP)
Iraqi forces load artillery outside Mosul (AFP)

Pro-government fighters on Thursday captured four villages and a strategic road west of the northern city of Mosul from Daesh extremists, according to an Iraqi army officer.

“Hashd al-Shaabi fighters wrested control of the villages of Al-Wahbi, Arfie, Arfie Awwal and Amlihat,” Army First Lieutenant Samir Dawood said.

He added that the Hashd al-Shaabi -- a mostly Shia fighting force incorporated into the Iraqi armed forces last year -- had also captured the road linking the nearby Al-Adnaniyah and Baaj districts.

In a related development, more than 200 civilians were evacuated from Mosul’s Old City, Iraqi Police Captain Jabbar Hassan told Anadolu Agency.

The latest developments come within the context of a wide-ranging army offensive, launched last October, aimed at dislodging Daesh militants from Mosul, which the terrorist group overran in mid-2014.

By Ali Jawad and Hussein al-Amir

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