Latest VIDEO: Iraqi Troops on Southern Front Battle for Last Town before Mosul

Sun Nov 6, 2016 20:54:39

Iraqi army soldiers have managed to liberate two villages south of the strategic northern city of Mosul as government soldiers, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, are trying to expel ISIS terrorists from the area.

Commander of the Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said in a press statement on Sunday that the 9th armored division of the army had recaptured the village of al-Razaqiyah, and raised the national Iraqi flag over a number of buildings there.

Yarallah added that Iraqi government forces inflicted heavy losses on the ISIS forces during heavy clashes with the Takfiri militants.

Iraqi soldiers also established control over the village of Hawijah al-Hassan south of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad.

Additionally, ISIS terrorists executed seven fellow extremists in central Mosul on charges of fleeing the battlefield. An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network on Sunday that the ISIS terrorists were decapitated with blunt knives as their hands and legs were cuffed.

The source added that the slain militants were accused of escaping clashes with Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units in Kokajli district, which lies east of Mosul.

Iraq's Joint Operations Command also announced in a statement that ISIS official in charge of military affairs, identified as Mohannad Hamed al-Makani but better known by the nom de guerre, Abu Aisha al-Bilawi, and a number of his foreign aides have been killed in an Iraqi Air Force strike against Yaramjah neighborhood of Mosul.

Moreover, Iraqi army soldiers destroyed three cars rigged with explosives in Awizah village, and cut ISIS supply lines in the al-Sadah district north of Mosul.

The developments came a day after five high-ranking commanders of the ISIS terror network stole millions of dollars from the group and fled to neighboring Syria.

Al-Sumaria television channel reported that the quintet, among them a militant identified as Abu Bara Kakhtani and responsible for the group’s treasury affairs, has left Mosul for the city of Tal Afar, situated 63 kilometers west of Mosul, and are planning to take refuge in the small town of Ba'aj next and Syria eventually.

The ISIS leadership has ordered a search operation to find the commanders and execute them.

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