‘Kurdish forces to conquer again town near Mosul on IS’

‘Kurdish forces to conquer again town near Mosul on IS’

Kurdish troops have Sunday the city of Bashiqa in Iraq recaptured on Islamic State (IS). The reconquest is a part of the major offensive against IS around Mosul.

The board of directors of the Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq, the conquest, reported to the Iraqi government.

With the conquest of Bushiqa are the different parties that take part in the offensive one step closer to Mosul. Meanwhile, several villages around Mosul is already occupied by the Iraqi and Kurdish troops. According to an Iraqi legerwoordvoerder IS already heavy losses to sustain.

Mosul is the second largest city of Iraq and is of great strategic importance. For example, it is the city where IS-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 from a mosque by the caliphate proclaimed. In Mosul would the 3,500 to 5,000 IS fighters have holed up.

According to the UN, still stay around 1.5 million citizens in the city.

See also:
What we know so far about the offensive against IS in Mosul

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