Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Iraqi Forces Continue Their Push To Mosul

Iraqi soldiers gather to go battle against Islamic State militants south of Mosul, Iraq, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/STRINGER

Reuters: Iraqi forces link up south of Mosul, tightening noose around Islamic State

Iraqi government forces advancing on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul retook a village from IS on Tuesday and linked up along the Tigris river with army units pushing from a separate direction, Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said.

The territorial gain, which followed the recapture of a key air base nearby at the weekend, further isolated Mosul in preparation for a government assault to recover Iraq's second largest city 60 km (40 miles) further north.

"Forces from the 9th Armoured Division and the counter-terrorism service liberated Ajhala village north of Qayara base," Obeidi said on Twitter.

"Our heroes arrived at the riverbank and made contact with Nineveh Liberation Operation units," he added, referring to troops who had set out from Makhmour, 25 km west of the Tigris, in March.

The newly retaken territory still needs to be secured since IS insurgents remain holed up in several towns behind the government's front line, a military spokesman said.

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WNU Editor: Iraqi forces are still far away from Mosul .... Iraq seizes air base 25 miles south of Mosul away from Islamic State (UPI). And while I do believe that Mosul will be the Islamic State's last stand in Iraq .... Mosul: ISIS’s Last Stand in Iraq? (WSJ) .... I will be surprised if Mosul is retaken this year.


James said...

The big push for Mosul is going to be approx 1-2 months pre US election, preferably with good photo ops.

mlacix said...

Typical James. Why can't you just view it without someone use this party-political level. :)

But let's predict the 1-2 month before election, and this would mean September at best. But there is no way that there would be anything done in Mosul till that time. Maybe until Next September. However there was an operation, Iraqi forces cut an area South from Mossul, but I do not expect great effect in the upcoming 1-2 month. Things take more time usually.