World Bulletin / News Desk
The Iraqi army Wednesday announced the recapture of two more villages of western Mosul from the ISIL terrorist group.
“The army’s 9th Armored Division has liberated the villages of Al-Yaseen and Arihla in [western Mosul’s] northern Badush district,” Staff Lieutenant-General Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of the ongoing Mosul campaign, said in a statement.
According to Army First Lieutenant Samir, at least 12 ISIL militants were killed in the operation.
Troops from the 9th Division, Dawood told Anadolu Agency, “managed to retake the two villages after besieging them for several hours with support from the U.S.-led air coalition, which struck four ISIL targets”.
In mid-February, Iraqi forces -- backed by the U.S.-led coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at ousting ISIL militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last bastion in northern Iraq.
The offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which ISIL overran in mid-2014.