“Joint forces from the army, police and Peshmerga renewed operations at dawn today along several axes, attacking Daesh positions and liberating three villages,” Colonel Mohamed al-Jubouri of the army’s Joint Nineveh Operations Command told Anadolu Agency.
“Federal police backed by local tribal militias managed to liberate two villages in the Al-Shura district, located along the Al-Qayyarah axis some 60 kilometers south of Mosul,” al-Jubouri said.
The Iraqi army’s 15th division, he added, along with its tribal allies, had also recaptured Doizzat village in the Al-Qayyarah district, located on the west bank of the Tigris River.
One day earlier, the Iraqi military announced that the army and its allies had recaptured a total of 17 villages south of Mosul — along with 56 oil wells — during pitched fighting on Thursday with Daesh militants.
Early Monday, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched a much-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul.