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ISIS update 2/19/2017..Offensive launched to liberate western Mosul

Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:00
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Iraq drops leaflets over west Mosul warning of imminent offensive

Offensive launched to liberate western Mosul

Battle for Mosul Day 125: Operation to Liberate Western Mosul Kicks off

The comprehensive military campaign by Iraqi military forces to liberate the Northern city of Mosul from ISIL militants continued on Sunday and the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi declared that the Iraqi forces have begun the operation to recapture Western Mosul, after they completed the operation to recapture the city’s Eastern side.

Iraq Kicks off Military Operation to Recapture Western Part of Mosul from ISIL

The Iraqi Army started a fresh round of military operation in Nineveh province on Sunday to drive the ISIL terrorists out of their bastion in the Western part of the city of Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi declared on Sunday that the Iraqi army troops have started the fresh round of military operation to take back the Western part of the country’s second-largest city.

With half the city under the control of Baghdad forces, the Iraqi Armed Forces will likely face heavier resistance in the Western part of Mosul, as the ISIL attempts to hold onto their final positions.

Iraq’s PMF Begins West Mosul Invasion, Bringing down ISIL Defenses

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) began Sunday an invasion of Western Mosul areas coincidentally with Iraqi government forces which launched a new stage of offensives against ISIL militants in that region.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said the PMF’s 26th Brigade embarked on an offensive targeting Western Mosul areas starting from Irbeed region, bringing down ISIL defenses there, Iraqi News reported.

Hashd’s media service, meanwhile, said the PMF forces, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, advanced towards the liberation of Tal Kaisoum, an area on the road between Central Mosul and the strategic town of Tal Afar.

Iraqi Forces Advance towards Mosul International Airport

Iraqi forces began moving on Sunday towards Mosul’s airport, as they seek to capture the entire city from the ISIL terror group.

The Mosul international airport is the first target of a ground offensive to capture the Western side of the city that remains under the control of the ISIL militants, NRT reported.

Iraqi federal police units are leading a Northward charge on the Mosul districts that lie West of the Tigris River, aiming to capture the Mosul airport, located just South of the city, according to statements from the armed forces joint command.

Iraq Federal Police Retake More Western Mosul Areas from ISIL

Iraqi Federal Police forces recaptured Sunday more villages and neighborhoods in Western Mosul as part of a major offensive to clear the region from ISIL militants.

The Iraqi defense ministry’s media center said police forces recaptured the villages of Kafour, Gammasa and Bajwari, and took over al-Aqrab checkpoint that lies on the road between Mosul and Baghdad, Iraqi News reported.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a brief announcement on Sunday that security forces launched an operation to retake the Western side of Mosul, ISIL militants’ largest stronghold in Iraq which the group took over in 2014.

The Iraqi air force are on the hunt for ISIS terrorists near the town of Tall-Afar, west of Mosul. The province of Nineveh.

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The pilots of the SyAF performed a humanitarian mission to deliver food in Deir ez-Zor and Qamishli.

The Syrian Arab Army liberated from terrorists ISIS district Turfa al-Gharbeyeh governorate in the eastern province of Homs.

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 Russian Military Expert: Syria to Start Major Anti-Terrorism Battle in Raqqa Soon

A prominent Russian military analyst underlined that a major battle will start against the terrorist groups in Raqqa in the near future, adding that the massive military operations will prevent the Turkey-backed forces’ further advance and disintegration of Syria.

“The major battle in Syria will start within one month or a little time more than one month with the aim of liberating Raqqa city as the ISIL’s main base in Syria, and other regions occupied by the terrorist group,” Yuri Larogov said in an interview with newspaper.

He also said that given the current complicated situation in peace talks in Astana, every one should remember that the truce doesn’t include the terrorist groups like the ISIL and al-Nusra (Fatah al-Sham) Front that the international community has legitimized fighting against them.

A squadron of Tu-95MS strategic bombers equipped with advanced missiles struck repeatedly ISIL’s positions in Raqqa in Northeastern Syria on Friday, using the airspace of Iran and Iraq to reach the targets, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian ministry announced in a statement on Friday that the country’s fighter jets targeted training and command centers of a large terrorist group affiliated to ISIL in Raqqa’s countryside.

The statement said that the Russian bombers left their bases and flew over Iran and Iraq, targeting ISIL’s positions in Raqqa by Kh-101-air-to-surface cruise missiles.

The statement further added that several Sukhoi-30 SM and Sukhoi-33 fighter jets took off from Humeimim airbase in Lattakia and backed up the Russian squadron in the Raqqa operation.

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