16 killed as Iraqi forces push deep into W. Mosul

Scores were reportedly injured in western Mosul clashes

16 killed as Iraqi forces push deep into W. Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 16 people were killed Sunday in deadly clashes between Iraqi forces and ISIL militants in western Mosul, according to a local activist.

The violence broke out when Iraqi forces attempted to storm into the ISIL-held Nabi Sheth area in western Mosul, Luqman Omar al-Taei said.

“Scores of people were injured in deadly confrontations and airstrikes in the area,” he said.

Iraqi authorities have yet to confirm the fatalities.

Federal police officer Sabhan al-Shuweili, for his part, said Iraqi forces were attempting to advance into the Nabi Sheth and al-Dandan districts in Mosul’s western side.

In mid-February, Iraqi forces -- backed by a U.S.-led air coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at purging ISIL terrorists from western Mosul.

The offensive came as part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which ISIL overran -- along with much of northern and western Iraq -- in mid-2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Mart 2017, 16:42