VIDEO: Iraqi Army Troops Took Oil City near Mosul from ISIS, People Happy
The Iraqi Army troops on Saturday took full control of Qayara from Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL), a key oil town near Mosul, which has been the main target of Iraqi operations in the north of the country for the past several weeks.
Qayara was reclaimed from the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) on Thursday but sporadic fighting continued until Saturday with some militants continuing to resist in the town’s outskirts.
The bodies of Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) fighters littered the town, and security forces continued to discover and detonate explosive devices.
Thousands of civilians remain in Qayara, which is located 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Mosul.
The Iraqi Army said it was focusing on restarting public services.