MOSCOW, Nov. 21 (Press Shia) – Iraqi servicemen have liberated the village of Salamiyah located to the east of Mosul from ISIL militants, the commander of the operation to free the city announced.

The Iraqi flag was raised on top of its buildings, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah said.

“Troops of the ninth armored division and the guerrilla battalion of the operation to liberate the Nineveh province managed to completely free the village of Salamiyah,” Yarallah said, as cited by the Alsumaria broadcaster.

The recent operation to seize control over Mosul has been ongoing for more than a month now.

The operation began with the participation of 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and 30,000 Iraqi soldiers backed by the US-led anti-terror coalition.

Mosul, the second biggest Iraqi city, and several other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns were seized in 2014 during an offensive of ISIL.

SPUTNIK/Press Shia