LEEDS — According to an official statement released by the General Command of Peshmerga Forces of Kurdistan Region on Sunday, the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces have retaken another six villages in the North and East areas out of Mosul.
Faziliya, Kevrok, Khrab Bet, Kani Shirin, Khadheir and Qabr Esaaq have been liberated from the Islamic State (IS) presence by 15:30 (local time) on Sunday. The Kurdish Forces have also secured the Mar Oraha monastery, close to the town of Batnaya.
The operation aiming to liberate Mosul and its surrounding areas started on the 17th of October, and in the past 14 days of fighting, the Peshmerga forces together with the Iraqi Army and the US-led coalition have cleared more than 500sq kilometers, including about 28 villages in North and East of Mosul.
In addition, the Kurdish forces have taken control over a number of IS communication and supply lines, including major roads from Bashiqa, Batnaya, Filfel and Nawaran. They have also managed to destroy at least 50 VBIEDs and dismantle about 800 IEDs in the Nineveh Province.
Approximately 550 air strikes have been conducted by the coalition forces since the start of the operation, according to the statement.
However, from a humanitarian point of view, for the past two weeks at least 7,000 IDPs have fled the areas of Mosul and entered the IS-free territories in the Kurdistan Region.