17 August, Thursday


Iraqi police kill senior ISIL leader in Western Mosul, recapture mosque

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Iraqi government troops recaptured a mosque in Western Mosul’s Old City and killed a senior ISIL leader as troops invade the group’s last enclave in the city.
 
Federal Police chief, Lt. Gen. Shaer Jawdat, said his forces liberated al-Hadin mosque in the Old City and killed Abu Bakr al-Masri, a senior military commander with ISIL at Bab al-Jadeed neighborhood, Iraqi News reported.
 
Iraqi forces, which invaded the medieval Old City district on Sunday, are primarily eyeing the Nuri al-Kabeer Mosque, the place where ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed taking over a third of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
 
Iraqi forces took over Eastern Mosul in January and have been sweeping through the Western side since mid February.
 
A few hundred ISIL fighters are believed to be entrenching in the Old City, seeking protection in the middle of 100,000 civilians who are believed to be used as human shields and shot dead once trying to escape.
 
On Sunday, Iraqi forces also arrested another senior ISIL leader.
 
Parliament member Mishan al-Jubouri wrote on facebook that forces arrested Shaker (Hadoula) Dawood, ISIL’s top intelligence official in Nineveh. Jubouri, posting photos of the arrested militant, said he represented a precious “information treasure”. (Farsnews)

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