Iraqi troops take 2 neighborhoods in Mosul

BAGHDAD:Iraqi Special Operations Forces have retaken full control of two more neighborhoods in Mosul as they try to drive Daesh militants out of their last urban stronghold in the country in joint operations with army soldiers and pro-government fighters.

Lieutenant Colonel Muhanad al-Timimi said the special forces recaptured the densely populated neighborhood of Zohour on Friday, more than a week after they first marched into the area.

He added that government forces were also in complete control of Qadissiyah-2 neighborhood, bringing to 23 the number of neighborhoods that Iraqi Special Operations Forces have liberated ever since the Mosul liberation operations got underway on October 17.

The remarks come as government forces are heading toward al-Mishraq district in the eastern quarter of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.

 Additionally, fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, thwarted a Daesh car bomb attack against their position west of Mosul.

The pro-government forces intercepted and precisely targeted the explosives-rigged vehicle as it was driving at high speed towards them.

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