Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units, have killed more than 1,300 members of the Takfiri Daesh militant group ever since they launched joint operations to flush the extremists out of the western part of Mosul.


Commander of the Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said on Wednesday that soldiers from the army’s 9th Armored Division had killed 1,321 Daesh militants, including senior commanders, since the start of the offensive in February, English-language online newspaper Iraqi News reported.

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Yarallah added that 55 districts, villages and vital facilities — or a total area of 406 square kilometers — had also been liberated from the clutches of Daesh terrorists ever since.


The top Iraqi commander further noted that a total of 111,750 people had also been evacuated from conflict zones and moved to refugee camps.

Moreover, 139 vehicles rigged with explosives had been destroyed and 11 unmanned aerial vehicles shot down, he said, adding that 61 militant hideouts, 10 bomb-making workshops and five command centers were also demolished.



Separately, Major General Wasiq al-Hamdani told Basnews news agency that Federal Police forces had carried out a sweep operation in parts of eastern Mosul, and arrested 20 Daesh terrorists in Karamah, Khadra and Kokceli neighborhoods.

A number of high-ranking militant commanders were among those detained.

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Hamdani noted that the detainees have been transferred to a police station to undergo interrogation, and face justice at last.

A U.S.-led international coalition is providing air and ground support for the offensive in Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, which fell to hardline Sunni Muslim fighters in June 2014.

Islamic State has lost most of the city since the offensive began in October and is now surrounded in the northwestern districts, including the historic Old City center.

The United Nations believes up to half a million people remain in the area, 400,000 of whom are in the Old City with little food, water and medicine.

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The militants have dug in among the civilians, often launching deadly counter-attacks to repel forces closing in on the Old City’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque, from where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria.

Several thousands of people have been killed so far in the battle, both civilians and military, according to international aid organizations. The total number of people displaced from Mosul since October is close to 400,000, about a fifth of the population before its capture by Islamic State.

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