Peshmerga Forces Regained Over 28 Villages Since Start Of Mosul Battle
Peshmerga forces regained control of several villages from Islamic State (ISIS) militants, closing in on the militants’ stronghold of Mosul from the east and north, the General Command of Peshmerga forces announced.
Peshmerga forces, as part of operations to drive ISIS out of Mosul, cleared the villages of Faziliya, Kevrok, Khrab Bet, Kani Shirin, Khadheir and Qebr Esaaq as well as the Mar Oraha Monastery near the town of Batnaya.
Peshmerga forces have secured more than 500 square kilometers from ISIS since the start of the Mosul battle on October 17, Peshmerga General Command said in a statement, adding that more than 28 villages were liberated in the north and east of Mosul.
“Since the start of the military operation on October 17, Peshmerga Forces have cleared more than 500 square kilometers from ISIS, including at least 28 villages in North and East of Mosul,” the statement read.
At least 7,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing clashes between Peshmerga and ISIS have escaped to the Kurdistan Region over the last 15 days, according to the statement.
More than 50 vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) have been destroyed by Peshmerga forces, backed by Coalition warplanes. UP to 550 air strikes have been launched by Coalition warplanes against ISIS positions.
Iraqi Kurdish and forces began the much-anticipated offensive to regain control of Mosul on October 17 after an official decree by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The Mosul campaign, which aims to crush the Iraqi half of ISIS’ declared caliphate, is expected to be the largest fight in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion.