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Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Free 8 Villages Near Mosul From Daesh

© AFP 2021 / SAFIN HAMEDIraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a mortar shell from the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, as they take part in an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a mortar shell from the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, as they take part in an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured eight villages north and east of Mosul, according to a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kurdish fighters have liberated eight villages near Mosul hours after Baghdad launched an operation to reclaim Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Russia said Monday.

"Today Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured eight villages north and east of Mosul, but it doesn't mean the it will be an easy fight. [IS] militants probably don't have enough fighters to control all villages and are retreating inside Mosul," Hoshawi Babakr told RIA Novosti.

Iraqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The operation to recapture Mosul, a religiously and ethnically diverse city dominated by Sunni Arabs, is a multipronged campaign involving the Iraqi Shiite army, the Kurdish militia called Pershmerga and Sunni tribal fighters.

Hoshawi Babakr said Kurds wanted to take control of Kurdish-populated areas in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province. He ruled out Peshmerga entering Nineveh’s capital Mosul, which he said was the task for the Iraqi army, backed by artillery and air strikes from the US-led international coalition.

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