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Iraqi Army Regains Control Over Six Districts in Daesh-Held Mosul

© REUTERS / Goran TomasevicMembers of an Iraqi special forces police unit fire their weapons at Islamic State fighters in al-Shura, south of Mosul, Iraq October 29, 2016
Members of an Iraqi special forces police unit fire their weapons at Islamic State fighters in al-Shura, south of Mosul, Iraq October 29, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Iraqi army has liberated six districts in the eastern part of the city of Mosul, occupied by Daesh terrorist group, the commander of the operation said on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to media reports, Iraqi troops entered Mosul through the Karama district on Monday, just two weeks after the operation to liberate the city was launched.

"Anti-terrorist units liberated today the districts of Malayeen, Samah, Khadra, Karkukli, Quds and Karama in the east of the city of Mosul," Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah said in a statement, as quoted by Alsumaria broadcaster.

An Iraqi special forces soldier fires an RPG during clashes with Islamic States fighters in Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq October 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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According to the statement, the forces raised the Iraqi flag over buildings in the liberated districts.

On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from Daesh with the help of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition. According to media reports, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were initially taking part in the operation.

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