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    Iraqi government troops along with Peshmerga forces have already liberated at least 81 villages from Daesh terrorists as part of the liberation of Mosul; the jihadists continue to dig numerous tunnels in an attempt to flee the area.

    At least 81 villages have already been liberated by Iraqi government troops and Peshmerga forces during the ongoing battle for Mosul; meanwhile, Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists have been digging tunnels and underpasses in an effort to flee the area, which is currently under army control, according to a Sputnik Turkey correspondent.

    A whole array of such tunnels have been discovered in the village of Hemdaniye, which is located ten kilometers from the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, and which was liberated by Peshmerga forces nine days ago.

    One such tunnel featured electric lighting and was 300 meters long and a meter wide; it was found inside a village mosque, where the terrorists' household essentials were discovered.

    A tunnel dug by Daesh terrorists near Mosul
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    A tunnel dug by Daesh terrorists near Mosul

    In an interview with Sputnik Turkey, Peshmerga spokesman Merdem Fevzi said that Peshmerga had managed to enter the village of Hemdaniye after heavy clashes with Daesh terrorists.

    According to him, even though the jihadists offered strong resistance, Peshmerga forces finally drove them out of the village, killing all 30 of them.

    "Currently, active work is under way to de-mine the area where were found a spate of tunnels, each hundreds of meters long, which were dug by the jihadists so that they could hide from the coalition's air strikes and, if necessary, flee," Fevzi said.

    A tunnel dug by Daesh terrorists near Mosul
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    A tunnel dug by Daesh terrorists near Mosul

    He added that the terrorists apparently lived inside these tunnels, waiting out the air strikes, and that most of the tunnels were dug shortly before the beginning of the Mosul operation.

    Meanwhile, Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman, Col. Saad Moen said that Iraqi security forces had killed over 1,100 Daesh terrorists and recaptured hundreds of miles of land as the advance against the Daesh stronghold from the south continued on Tuesday.

    The offensive helped liberate 895 miles of land in the surrounding Nineveh province, the ministerial spokesman added.

    On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from the internationally outlawed fanatic terrorist organization Daesh, with the help of US-led international coalition airstrikes.

    According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation.
    Turkey has repeatedly said it is willing to take part in the operation, although Iraq has raised objections.


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