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Iraqi forces open new front against Daesh in northwestern Mosul

Iraqi armed forces have opened a new front in northwestern Mosul in the latest phase of their campaign to liberate the city from Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

On Thursday, the army’s 9th Armored Division and the Rapid Response units of the Interior Ministry advanced on the Daesh enclave from the northwest, a military commander said.

Iraqi forces have now kicked off an extensive operation to liberate three districts in northwestern Mosul.

The offensive will provide key support for the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) and Interior Ministry Federal Police troops who were advancing from the south, the commander said.

Daesh terrorists are now besieged in the northwestern corner of Mosul which covers the historic Old City center and the Grand al-Nuri Mosque, where Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” three years ago.

Last week, Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi said that the battle to liberate Mosul should be completed “in a maximum of three weeks.”

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