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Security Council: Kurdish Troops Retake 9 Villages From Daesh East of Mosul

© REUTERS / Azad LashkariKurdish Peshmerga forces keep watch in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces keep watch in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces recaptured nine villages and killed 140 Daesh terrorists during a two-day offensive east of Mosul, Kurdistan Region Security Council said Monday.

View of the Mar Matti monastery in the Christian town of Bashiqa, north of Mosul, northern Iraq - Sputnik International
Kurdish Troops Conduct Large-Scale Offensive Near Daesh-Occupied Mosul
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It has been earlier reported that some 5,000 Kurdish fighters armed by large-caliber weapons were participating in the offensive.

"In the course of the two-day operation, nine villages were cleared: Mufti, Tel Asward, Upper Zahra Khatun, Lower Zahra Khatun, Tulebend, Gezekan, Chamakor, Kullabur and Wardak in an area measuring approximately 120 square kilometers. Further, approximately 140 ISIL [IS] terrorists were killed by Global Coalition warpalnes and Peshmerga forces," a statement posted on the council's Twitter account said.

The second largest Iraqi city of Mosul was captured by the militants of Daesh, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States and many other countries, in 2014.

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