Heavy clashes are ongoing in western Mosul since early morning as ISIS terrorists intensified their efforts to deffend the areas controlled by the terrorist group. The ISIS-linked news agency ‘Amaq’ claimed that ISIS fighters had killed 8 Iraqi soldiers in separate attacks in west Mosul.
The terrorist group also clashed with Iraqi Federal Police forces advancing in the outskirts of Old Sina’ah district. ISIS snipers continue to pin down movement of Iraqi counterterrorism forces in Yarmouk.
Separately, Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters had successfully blew an explosive-laden house in the Ras al-Jada area targeting a group of Iraqi soldiers. The extremist group also claimed hitting an Iraqi attack helicopter and forcing it to land in the eastern part of Mosul.
On the other hand, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) declared that their engineer teams almost finished setting up a helicopter field base to ease aerial operations in Mosul and its vicinity.
The PMU media announced the death of 5 ISIS fighters who attempted to escape Mosul through the Badush area as well as capturing of a bunch of 120mm rockets in the Sa’adiya countryside that ISIS had attempted to smuggle to use in the combat.
A source embedded with the PMU confirmed that the explosion in al-Yousfiah south of Baghdad yesterday didn’t target reinforcements of the PMU and the Iraqi Army. The attack hiit a humanitarian convoy.
An ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in a humanitarian convoy of 45 cars and trucks en route to camps for internally displaced persons in the province of Nineveh.