Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers

By AFP

Smoke rises at Daesh militants’ positions in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday (Reuters photo)
Smoke rises at Daesh militants’ positions in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday (Reuters photo)

Erbil, Iraq — Iraqi forces battled Sunday through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Daesh extremists behind attacks elsewhere in the country.

Kurdish forces announced a new push at dawn on Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul, where some 10,000 fighters are engaged in a huge assault to take the Daesh-held town.

Turkey said the peshmerga had requested assistance from its soldiers at a base near Bashiqa and announced it offered support with artillery and tanks.

Ankara’s claim came a day after Baghdad turned down a suggestion by visiting US Defence chief Ashton Carter — who met Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Sunday — for Turkey to be given a part in the battle.

Launched last Monday, the assault aims to reclaim the last major Iraqi city under Daesh control, dealing another setback to the extremists’ self-declared “caliphate” in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

The extremists hit back on Friday with a surprise assault on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, and two days later security forces were still tracking down fighters involved in the attack.

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SOURCE: News Now/The Jordan Times

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.