TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iraqi army troops backed by popular forces managed to retake several other neighborhoods in the northern city of Mosul in Nineveh Province and kill 174 militants from Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group after several operations, a senior commander said.
The commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said on Friday that 174 Daesh terrorists were killed after they attempted to target Iraqi forces in Nineveh Province by 13 booby-trapped vehicles.
During one of the operations against the militants, the Iraqi Federal Police units killed 22 Daesh terrorists and destroyed two explosive-laden cars after they attempted to attack al-Arij and al-Azabah villages in the province.
In another operation, the Iraqi army units hit five booby-trapped vehicles of the terrorists in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul, killing 100 Daesh militants.
On October 16, the Iraqi army backed by Federal Police and Hashd al-Shaabi launched a massive operation to retake Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Takfiri militants of Daesh in the Arab country.
In recent years, Iraq has been facing the 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, blunted the edge of Daesh offensive and later forced the Takfiri group to withdraw from most of the areas it had occupied.