Iraq forces hunt for bombs, jihadist holdouts in Mosul

Mar 09, 2017, 00:32
Iraq forces hunt for bombs, jihadist holdouts in Mosul

"We gave orders to the air force command to conduct airstrikes against the terrorist Daesh (IS group) in Husaybah (IS-held Iraqi border town) and Albu Kamal inside Syrian territories, as they were responsible for recent terrorist bombings in Baghdad", according Abadi's announcement.

Daesh is being progressively squeezed in Iraq and Syria where parallel campaigns backed by the US -led coalition are eating into the territory once touted by the group as its "caliphate".

Since hostilities resumed on February 19, more than 600 people have been treated at trauma stabilisation points close to the city for conflict-related injuries, he said.

Iraqi forces have recaptured a series of neighbourhoods in Mosul as well as the provincial government headquarters and the museum where IS militants infamously filmed themselves destroying priceless artefacts.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has given up command of the battle for Mosul, reportedly now focusing on preserving his own life, Iraqi officials and their United States backers have said.

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The Union minister, who had headed DDCA for 13 years, told Jethmalani that he can not recollect that he had ever met the officer. He had also said that he had no prior knowledge of the raid, nor had he even been privy to the facts of the raid.

On Wednesday Abadi said that he had been given the "approval" by Bashar al-Assad to conduct airstrikes on Syrian soil.

Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have fled Mosul in the last week alone.

Abadi went to Kurdistan region late on Tuesday after he made a surprise visit to the security forces and met with top military commanders in the battleground city of Mosul, just hours after the troops dislodged IS militants from the main government complex in the old Mosul city center. "Mortar rounds fell on our roof and inside our yard", he added.

"Berms and barriers were set up to protect (the) forces and they began search operations in Al-Dawasa and Al-Danadan and Al-Agaidat areas to find (IS) remnants to prepare for the completion of offensive operations", he said.

Russian-backed government troops have swept eastwards from Syria's second city Aleppo and seized a swathe of countryside from the jihadists.