TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Iraqi Federal Police Force backed by Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as Popular Mobilization Forces, recaptured several other villages south of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group.
As part of a massive offensive to retake the Takfiri group's last major stronghold in Iraq, the Arab contrary’s forces retook control over four villages north of al-Qayyarah and south of Mosul, according to the Arabic-language al-Forat news agency.
The Iraqi army troops and Popular Mobilization Forces also cleaned areas near a factory south of Mosul from Daesh terrorists.
The forces also advanced in some other areas and liberated two villages east of Mosul, according to the report.
The Iraqi army launched the offensive on October 16 aimed at wresting Mosul from the hands of Daesh.
"The time has come for the greatest victory," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced late Sunday on state TV. "I announce the start of Liberating Mosul Operation, by the will of Iraqis, and after depending on Allah."
Al-Abadi said that Daesh would be "punished" for its crimes and that the province's cities and villages will be rebuilt.
Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh terrorist group.
Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.
However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of Daesh offensive.