Gains in Aleppo, Iraqi Army Says Advances in Mosul, Despite Bombers

تم نشره في Sat 12 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Syrian soldiers and their tank patrol the streets in Aleppo.

CAPITALS — Iraqi Special Forces backed by US and Iraqi air power took control of two districts of eastern Mosul on Saturday after heavy fighting in which they destroyed at least 10 cars deployed by ISIS as suicide bombs, the military said.

In Syria’s Aleppo, the Syrian army captured the Dahiyet al-Assad district, west of the city, Saturday, reversing all the gains made by rebels two weeks into their counter-attack against government-held areas, a war monitor and rebel official said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said the army and its allies made several advances on the divided city's western edge this week, hampering the rebel offensive to break the siege of opposition-held districts.

An Iraqi special forces policeman carries a RPG in Karamah, south of Mosul, Iraq November 12, 2016. – (REUTERS)

Back to Iraq, troops have been fighting for 10 days inside eastern Mosul, trying to expand their small foothold in the city which ISIS has controlled since mid-2014, when its leader declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.