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15 Shia militiamen killed in Daesh attack west of Mosul

Preparations are in full swing by Iraqi army to attack Daesh in western Mosul

18.02.2017
15 Shia militiamen killed in Daesh attack west of Mosul File photo

By Ahmed Qassim and Serhad Shakir

NINEVEH, Iraq

At least 15 Shia pro-government fighters were killed in a Daesh attack in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, according to a militia fighter.

Scores of Daesh militants -- armed with heavy weapons and mortar shells -- attacked several villages late Friday in southwestern Tal Afar, 60 kilometers west of Mosul, Hassan al-Draji told Anadolu Agency.

The attack was thwarted by fighters of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia, leaving 44 Daesh militants dead, he said.

“Fifteen militia fighters were killed and 12 others injured in the confrontation,” al-Draji said.

Meanwhile, Iraqi military commander General Jassim Nizal said final preparations were in full swing to stage a military operation against Daesh militants in western Mosul.

“The offensive will be launched from numerous fronts with the support of the U.S.-led coalition with a view to eliminating Daesh,” he said.

Iraqi forces have driven Daesh militants from most of eastern Mosul as part of a wide-ranging offensive launched last October to retake the city, which the terrorist group overran in mid-2014.

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