Battle for Mosul Day 188: Children held by ISIL in western Mosul freed

FNA- The comprehensive military campaign by Iraqi military forces to liberate the Northern city of Mosul from ISIL militants continued on Monday, as local reports said Iraqi security troops freed several children who were held by the ISIL militants in the Western parts of the city.

Iraqi Security Forces Liberate Children Held by ISIL in Western Mosul

Iraqi security troops freed several children who were held by the ISIL militants in West of Mosul after one of the children was found dead due to being tortured by the militants, a security source in the country’s Nineveh province said.

“The security forces liberated a group of children who were detained by ISIL in al-Zanjili district, in Western Mosul,” said the source, Al Sumariya reported.

“The troops were able to save three of the children after one of them succumbed to death due to being tortured by the militants,” the source added.

ISIL Leader Killed West of Mosul

Hashd al-Shaabi announced that Iraqi mobilization forces have killed an ISIL leader, abu Omar al-Aafari, West of Mosul in Nineveh province.

“In light of the crackdown on ISIL militants and as the launch of military operations to liberate Tel Afar, received information indicated moves by ISIL toward Baaj, the only exit linking Syrian borders to Al-Jazeera desert,” Qassim Musleh, commander of al-Tufuf brigade stressed, Iraqi News reported.

The ISIL group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground since a special operation was launched in mid October to retake Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city and the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country.

Iraq’s PMF Calls on Erdogan to Stop Meddling in Neighboring Countries

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces have delivered a counterblast to the Turkish president who had called the volunteer force fighting ISIL a “terrorist organization”.

The group, known as Hashd al-Sha’abi by its Arabic name, has joined forces with the Iraqi government against ISIL terrorists, presstv reported.

Last November, the Iraqi Parliament approved a law, giving legal status to the fighters and recognizing them as part of the national armed forces.