Iraqi Army Troops Retake 75% of Nineveh’s Al-Qayyara from ISIS

Iraqi Army Troops Retake 75% of Nineveh’s Al-Qayyara from ISIS
Sun Aug 21, 2016 23:02:51

Iraq’s joint military forces managed to seize back most of the ISIS-controlled city of al-Qayyara, South of Mosul, in Nineveh province.

The Iraqi forces have now imposed full control over 75 percent of the al-Qayyara city and have advanced from three directions deep inside the city.

Fierce clashes are currently underway in the Northern parts of the city as the ISIS terrorists are fleeing from the Northern parts to the Southern parts of the city.

The ISIS terrorists are currently under the siege of the Iraqi forces in the Southeastern and Western parts of al-Qayyara city.

Earlier on Sunday, Iraq's joint military forces approached the gates of al-Qayyara city which is 63 kilometers from Mosul and were ready to start the third phase of the liberation operations of Mosul city and its surrounding areas.

On Saturday a senior military commander announced that Iraq's joint military forces have completely seized back a strategic island to the East of al-Ramadi in Anbar province.

"The Iraqi security and Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer forces) managed to fully liberate al-Khalediya Island 23 kilometers to the East of al-Ramadi and also take full control of the surrounding villages and regions of the island," Commander of Anbar Liberation Operations Major General Esmayeel Mahlawi said.

He noted that the liberation of al-Khalediya Island comes after recapturing of the Bu Kana'an region which was the last military base of the terrorists in Al-Khalediya Island area.

Meantime, Hashd al-Shaabi Command Center in a statement announced that over 150 terrorists from different countries, including two Americans, 7 Russians, 4 Chechens and many Saudis, were killed in the al-Khalediya Island liberation operation.

Also on Thursday, General Mahlawi said that the Iraqi forces killed 700 ISIS militants during an anti-terrorist offensive on Khalediya Island.

"Security forces so far have killed 700 ISIS members since the beginning of Khalidiya Island liberation battles," said General Mahlawi.

The final anti-terrorist offensive on Khalediya Island started in late July.

The city of Ramadi was occupied by ISIS militants in May 2014. The government forces succeeded in retaking the city after weeks of fierce fighting from December 2015 to February 2016.

ISIS is a terrorist group mainly operating in Syria and Iraq. The terrorists have also claimed responsibility for attacks in Europe. The group is deemed as terrorist entity by international bodies, including UN; FNA reported.

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