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    The Kurdish Peshmerga forces liberated the town of Bashiqa near Mosul in northern Iraq from Daesh militants; the operation was supported by the US-led coalition's air strikes on Daesh.

    More than 3,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters took part in an operation to liberate the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists.

    The Peshmerga forces managed to drive the terrorists out of Bashiqa after shelling their positions with MILAN portable, medium-range anti-tank missile systems, tanks and other heavy equipment.

    The liberation of Bashiqa, part of the large-scale military operation against Daesh in Mosul, was supported by US-led coalition air strikes on the terrorists.

    The town of Bashiqa liberated from Daesh
    © Sputnik / HİKMET DURGUN
    The town of Bashiqa liberated from Daesh

    In an interview with Sputnik Turkey, Behcet Salar, commander of a Peshmerga unit at the Bashiqa front, said that at least 20 Daesh terrorists were killed in the Bashiqa operation that was conducted on Monday.

    When retreating, the jihadists staged about ten car bomb attacks. Fortunately, there were no losses reported among Peshmerga forces, according to Salar.

    Peshmerga forces near Bashiqa
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    Peshmerga forces near Bashiqa

    The civilian population left the town eight days ago, when the Peshmerga fighters encircled Bashiqa.

    As a result of the heavy fighting between Daesh and Peshmerga, most residential houses were destroyed in the town.

    Peshmerga forces near Bashiqa
    © Sputnik / HİKMET DURGUN
    Peshmerga forces near Bashiqa

    Right now, work is under way to neutralize the mines and traps laid by jihadists, as well as explore the underground tunnels dug by the terrorists in Bashiqa.

    Located 20 kilometers north of Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul, Bashiqa is home to Yazidis, Kurds and Sunni Arabs.

    On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from the internationally-outlawed terrorist organization Daesh.

    More than 30,000 Iraqi and 4,000 Kurdish fighters are taking part in the offensive on Mosul, backed by about 5,000 US troops and supported by US-led coalition airstrikes. Mosul has been occupied by Daesh since 2014.

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