Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Iraqi government forces on Tuesday freed a new neighbourhood after heavy clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in the western side of Mosul, the military said.

The PMF have liberated the villages in a joint operation with the Iraqi Army Aviation on Tuesday, in the al-Hadher district, south of the city of Mosul, the Defense Ministry of Iraq said, according to the Iraqi News media outlet. Local authorities have called upon the government to liberate ISIS-held areas, but with the Iraqi government's focus on retaking the group's biggest stronghold in Iraq, Mosul, Kirkuk remains in ISIS's hands.

Saadi said the fighting in Tenek was fierce and lasted a full week.

Last week, Iraqi forces recaptured two other neighbourhoods, al-Thawra and Nasr, in the west of the city. Its narrow alleys and densely populated areas have made it hard for troops to move forward.

Hossameddin al-Abbar, a member of Nineveh's provincial council, told the AFP that at least 15 civilians were arbitrarily "executed" for showing disloyalty to Isis, and many more were arrested. Obeidi stated that in areas under ISIS control over five families reside in one house, adding that the militants had now opened the houses for easy access between them and are wandering freely.

'Islamic State militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland, ' though reports of how the fighters died remain unclear.

Militants in Iraq ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said on Monday.

Hatra, known as Al-Hadhr in Arabic, was established in the 3rd or 2nd century BC and became a religious and trading centre under the Parthian empire.

Its imposing fortifications helped it withstand sieges by the forces of two Roman emperors: Trajan in 166 AD and Septimus Severus in 198.

  • Joanne Flowers