The Iraqi military yesterday said that soldiers south of Mosul have recaptured the Nimrud area, home to the site of an ancient Assyrian city that was blown up by the Islamic State group.
"The troops have inflicted casualties and hardware losses on the enemy", he added with providing further details of the operation.
Military officers tell Reuters that small groups of militants are using a large network of tunnels and narrow streets in densely populated areas to launch an apparently endless sequence of attacks against advancing Iraqis.
Iraqi soldiers fighting in the north said today they are ready to "tighten the noose" around ISIS, who is brutally defending its stronghold in Iraq. Explosions, either from air strikes or suicide vehicle bombs which the jihadists have deployed in the hundreds since the campaign started on October 17, could be heard against a backdrop of artillery fire. This news story is related to Print/164519-Intense-fighting-in-Mosul-as-civilians-flee/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.
More than 54,000 people have been displaced so far in the four-week Mosul campaign.
The UN mission also praised orders by Abadi and President of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani concerning the protection of civilians during the Mosul operation, stressing that its staffers are investigating sporadic cases of mistreatment by Iraqi forces and allied fighters towards civilians.
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"There were three auto bombs coming out from Al-Bakr toward our positions that we spotted with our drone and hit with our tanks", Salem said, according to the news agency.
IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained significant ground from the Jihadists.
The Jihadists are also using drones for observation, one of which was shot down by CTS forces, Fadhel said.
FILE - Iraqi workers in 2001 clean an archeological site in Nimrud.
Video footage released by Islamic State militants on April 2015, allegedly from Nimrud, shows men breaking ancient walls with electric drills, destroying relics, images, and other artifacts.
"Troops from the Ninth Armored Division liberated Nimrud town completely and raised the Iraqi flag above its buildings", General Abdulamir Rashid Yarullah, head of the army's Nineveh Operations Command, said in a statement. It would be the first such site to be recaptured from Islamic State.