World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi counter-extremism forces have seized three more villages from the ISIL extremist group in areas north and southwest of the city of Mosul, military sources said Thursday.
"Iraq’s anti-extremism agency has managed to capture the villages of Al-Abbas and Al-Najafiya," Ahmad al-Dihan, a brigadier general in the Iraqi army’s Nineveh Operations Command, told Anadolu Agency.
According to Dihan, the two villages were taken following almost three hours of clashes with ISIL militants holed up in local homes.
A third village in the area, Tilyara, was captured shortly afterward, the officer said.
Meanwhile, U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck two ISIL vehicles east of Mosul, killing seven militants, according to another security source.
Khalid al-Metyuri, a ISIL commander, was among those killed, the same source said, speaking anonymously due to security concerns.
On Oct. 18, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and local allies on the ground -- launched a wide-ranging operation aimed at retaking Mosul.
Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul was overrun by ISIL in mid-2014, along with vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq.
Recent months have seen the Iraqi army and its allies retake much territory from the extremist group, especially on Mosul’s outskirts and in Iraq’s western Anbar province.Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2016, 14:25