MOSUL — Iraq’s Joint Operation Command has declared the liberation of eight villages around Gayara in the south of Mosul, reiterating that the gain was maid as the fist stage of Mosul operation has already started.
Commander Najmaddin al-Jabouri confirmed today that the Iraqi troops, alongside the Shi’ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi and other tribal forces and backed by the coalition airstrikes, wiped Islamic State (IS) militants out of eight villages and they continue pushing deeper into IS-held territories.
BasNews has learned that Motantar, Tel Sha’eer, Karmrdi, Nasr, Khatab, Koudila, Salahiyah and Nazra villages have been liberated from the jihadists.
While Kurdish Peshmerga forces are playing a supportive role in the offensives, the Iraqi army brigade engaged in the operation consisting mainly of Kurdish soldiers.
Earlier today, the Iraqi army announced the start of the first phase of the Mosul operation. Military officials also urged people in IS-held areas to stay away from IS headquarters, bridges and military bases as they may come under intense attack during the upcoming days.
According to the information obtained by BasNews, US-led coalition fighter jets strongly pounded IS positions inside Mosul on Thursday and inflected the jihadists with heavy damages.