Iraqi Forces Approaching the Center of Mosul, Baghdadi’s Cousin Rumored to be Arrested

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March 5th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –                                        

Iraqi Army pushed deeper towards the center of Mosul on Sunday. So far four districts were captured. An unverified romour is also spreading that the cousin of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the supreme leader of ISIS, was arrested.

Chief of the Joint Operations Command’s operations in Nineveh, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, said in a statement that the Federal Police and Rapid Response Forces units invaded the districts of Dindan and Dawasah, in the easternmost area of western Mosul. At the same time, the Counter-terrorism Force invaded Al Sumoud and Tal Al Rumman districts in the westernmost area of western Mosul.

Capturing Dawasah is of great importance as it will allow the Army to start moving towards the city center. It was reported that the Army is only about 400 meters away from the governmental and municipal buildings. Heavy clashes are currently ongoing between ISIS terrorists and the Iraqi forces. Several suicide attacks were reportedly thwarted. ISIS terrorists were also trying to put a pressure on the civilians by preventing them from leaving the areas. Fortunately the Iraqi forces were able to secure a safe passage and managed to evacuate about 450 families from the districts of Dawasah, Nabi Sheth and Aakidat.

The Iraqi Air Force also carried out airstrikes in the Najjar district of Mosul. The strikes resulted in the death of 4 ISIS terrorists, all of whom were Saudi citizens.

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