Battle for Mosul: Iraqi Forces Heading to Final Victory
More than a dozen civilians reportedly lost their lives as Daesh [ISIS/ISIL] terrorists launched a mortar attack against an eastern neighborhood of Mosul in a desperate attempt to compensate for their huge losses inflicted on them by Iraqi government forces and their allied fighters.
On Wednesday, the extremists lobbed a barrage of mortar rounds at al-Zahra district, which army soldiers liberated last week, leaving 14 civilians dead and seven others injured, local media reported.
The development came shortly after the commander of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces, Major General Maan al-Saadi, said his forces had marched into the Aden neighborhood on the eastern flank of Mosul.
Saadi added that counter-terrorism forces are making headway in the area, warning against the presence of Daesh booby traps and hidden explosive devices there.
Elsewhere in the embattled western province of Anbar, Iraqi army soldiers thwarted a major Daesh car bomb attack against a military base east of the town of Rutbah.
A local police source, requesting anonymity, said Daesh Takfiris were about to attack the base on board ten explosives-laden vehicles on Wednesday morning.
However, the source added, Iraqi government forces targeted and destroyed the cars, killing all those aboard as well as several other Daesh attackers. He noted that the military site is now under the control of Iraqi forces.
The developments came on the same day that fighters from Popular Mobilization Units uncovered a 3-kilometer-long tunnel after lying siege to the city of Mahlabiyah.
Additionally, scores of Daesh extremists were killed and injured as Iraqi security forces completely retook Marishah and Um Khiyah villages from the grip of the terror group.
Seven vehicles rigged with explosives and belonging to Daesh terror network were also destroyed. Iraqi soldiers discovered a large cache of weapons following the liberation of Um Khiyah village.
Meanwhile, they recaptured the village of Um Hejjarah following fierce fighting with Daesh militants.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team