Iraqi volunteer forces seize 5 villages on western Mosul outskirts

Iraqi pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units have managed to reclaim complete control over five villages in the troubled northern province of Nineveh as they battle to drive Takfiri Daesh terrorist out of their last urban bastion in the country.

The media bureau of the volunteer forces, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, announced in a statement on Sunday that the fighters had liberated the villages of Tal al-Noufeli and Tal al-Masraj al-Faraj northeast of the mainly Shia-populated town of al-Ba’aj in addition to Karaan village.

Hashd Sha’abi forces later liberated the villages of Um Hajarah and Farkhouh.

Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat also stated that security forces had gained control over 60 percent of al-Zanjili neighborhood in western Mosul, killing 23 Daesh terrorists during a recent military operation there.


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