Iraqi Troops Recapture Several Neighborhoods West of Mosul
Baghdad, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi government forces have recaptured other neighborhoods in western Mosul, including Tanek, where they released a girl from the Yazidi ethnic group who was kidnapped and sold as a slave by the Islamic State (IS).
Thanks to the intensified offensive on Thursday, Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) personnel secured their positions today in the Al-Thawra and Nasr neighborhoods, both in the western part of the Old City, still dominated by extremists.
CTS spokesman Sabah al-Noman said that these areas were taken yesterday in combined operations of that elite group and the Federal Police.
Likewise, the Joint Operations Command that coordinates the fight against the Daesh, Arab acronym of IS, confirmed the recapture of Nasr, thereby narrowing the siege of the immigrants and shortening distance from Al-Nouri Grand Mosque.
As confirmed by the Federal Police, during the recapture of the Tanek neighborhood a Yazidi girl who was abducted in 2014 along with her mother and sisters by jihadists in her village of Kosho, south of Sinjar in the north of the country, and then sold as a slave, was released.
Federal Police Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat and his assistant, Major General Jaafar al-Baatat, said security was guaranteed in more than half of the neighborhood and they broadcast a video with images of the young woman at a station South of Mosul.
When the DAESH took Kosho, the girl was eight years old and was first taken to Tal Afar before being sold in Mosul, state television informed, quoting Vian Dakhil, deputy of Yazidi origin, a sect that is neither Arab nor Muslim and who suffered bloody massacres at the hands of the terrorists.
According to Dakhil, two of the girl's sisters were sold and moved to Raqqa, considered the capital of the IS caliphate in Syria.
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