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Iraqi government troops win back two villages north of Mosul

Iraqi army soldiers have managed to regain control over two villages north of the strategic city of Mosul as government forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, are involved in multi-pronged operations to expel Daesh terrorists from their last urban stronghold in the country.

Lieutenant Colonel Diya Lafta said troops from his Ninth Armored Division began advancing toward the villages on Thursday morning, and liberated them from the clutches of Daesh extremists “after a few hours.”

Witnesses said government forces were mostly in control of the village of Shereikhan by afternoon, but skirmishes between Iraqi army troops and the militants continued in the surrounding villages.

The development came on the same day that Iraqi forces targeted Daesh fortifications across the Tigris River and in western Mosul as part of preparations for the next phase of the military campaign against the Takfiris.

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