DETAILED VIDEO: Iraqi Army Secures Recaptured Villages from ISIS South of Mosul

Sun Oct 23, 2016 21:16:03

Iraqi armed forces were stationed in Saffiyra village, south of Mosul, on Sunday (October 23) as part of a wider operation to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) terrorists, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Brigadier Nijem Al Jabour, who is leading the operation said, they were waiting for air support before proceeding further.

Saffiyra is among the 50 villages that have been taken from the militants since the start of the Mosul offensive on Monday.

Residents cheered the army, chanting slogans in its support.

In the Hararah village, also south of Mosul, one man described how the militants took some residents hostage, while some managed to flee.

US-led coalition forces have advanced to within 5 km (3 miles) of Mosul at the closest point, the interior minister of the Kurdish regional government has said.

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