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Iraqi government forces fully recapture key west Mosul district

The commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said on Saturday that soldiers from the Federal Police, elite Rapid Response units of the Interior Ministry, the 34th Armored Brigade, the 9th Armored Division, the 73rd Infantry Brigade and the 15th Infantry Division had liberated Third Haramat neighborhood, and are now advancing towards 17 Tamuz district, Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported.

Separately, the director for Daesh public properties affairs in Tal Afar, identified as Abi al-Bara al-Qahtani, has stolen millions of dollars, and fled the area along with three of his close aides.

A local source, requesting not to be named, said the defectors had escaped to an unknown location.

Iraqi government forces also reclaimed full control over Hawi al-Kanisah neighborhood in the western and southern banks of the Tigris River.

Furthermore, the media bureau of the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, announced that the pro-government fighters had cut off the road linking al-Qirwan region to the mainly Izadi-inhabited Sinjar town.

Hashd Sha’abi fighters also recaptured Tal Ezzo, Tal Ha’et, Mohamed Zeid, Hozeil and Tal Banat villages in Qirwan west of Mosul and near the border with Syria following intense clashes with Daesh Takfiris.

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