Peshmerga forces have captured another three villages in Mosul as part of an ongoing offensive to out ISIS terrorists from the northern Iraqi city, Anadolu agency reported.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Sunday, military chief of staff Jamal Mohammad Omer said Peshmerga forces were advancing on the Bashiqa and Nawran fronts north of Mosul.
“Our forces have seized three villages and are advancing on other areas,” he said.
The operation to regain control over Mosul began in the morning of Oct. 17. In addition to Iraq’s government forces, local Peshmerga paramilitaries participate in the operation.
The operation is supported by international anti-terrorism coalition air force.
Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq with a population of 1.3 million people, has been under the IS control for more than two years.
Mosul was surrendered almost without a fight during the extremists’ attack in June 2014.
The “Islamic State” considers Mosul as its main stronghold in Iraq.