World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi forces have retaken six neighborhoods from the ISIL extremist group in eastern Mosul, army sources said Friday.
According to Abdulamir Rashid Yarullah, head of the army’s Nineveh Operations Command, Iraqi counter-extremism forces recaptured the districts of Al-Malayin, Al-Samah, Al-Khazra, Kirkukli, Al-Quds and Al-Karama.
In a statement, the commander noted that Iraqi national flags had been raised over government buildings in recaptured areas.
Late Thursday, Iraq’s Defense Ministry announced that, over the course of the last four days, 125 ISIL militants had been killed and 24 villages and areas in Nineveh province -- of which Mosul is the regional capital -- had been wrested from the extremist group.
On Oct. 18, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes -- launched a wide-ranging operation aimed at retaking Mosul, which ISIL overran in mid-2014.
In a related development Friday, four Iraqi army troops and seven pro-government Shia militiamen were killed while fighting ISIL in Iraq’s northern Saladin province, Army Captain Ghazwan al-Jabouri told Anadolu Agency.
The casualties were reportedly sustained after dozens of ISIL militants infiltrated parts of Saladin’s city of Al-Shirqat.
Clashes are still reportedly underway in the area, with ISIL militants in control of Al-Shirqat’s Al-Baaja and Al-Khesm neighborhoods.
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