World Bulletin / News Desk
As many as seven Iraqi villages have been cleared from ISIL extremists by the Mosul operation which is being conducted with the participation of Iraqi soldiers, U.S. soldiers, Turkish-trained fighters and Peshmerga forces.
The Iraqi army, Shiite militias, Kurdish regional government forces and the Nineveh Guard are advancing north to Mosul from Qayyarah town simultaneously. Mosul would be surrounded from the south, east and north.
In mid-2014, the ISIL extremist group captured the northern city of Mosul and overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq.
Recent months have seen the army, backed by a 60-nation air coalition led by the U.S., retake much territory. Nevertheless, the extremist group remains in control of several parts of the country, including Mosul.