TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iraq’s army, backed by volunteer forces, managed to retake three more areas in southeast of Mosul after making major gains against Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in the northern province.

On Saturday, Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Units (CTU) clashed with Daesh terrorists in southeast of Mosul and seized full control of the neighborhoods of Hay al-Amn, al-Khazra, and al-Karama, Iraq's al-Sumaria news website reported.

Later, the forces hoisted the Iraqi flag over buildings in the areas, the report added. 

The Iraqi army, the voluntary forces and Kurdish fighters launched a large-scale offensive to retake Mosul on October 17.

Iraqi troops have reportedly liberated more than 100 towns, killed 1,700 terrorists and destroyed 650 of their vehicles since beginning of the decisive battle.

The recapture of Mosul would mark the Takfiri militants’ effective defeat in the Iraqi half of the territory they seized in 2014.