Iraqi forces attack Daesh south of Mosul

Iraqi forces attack Daesh south of Mosul

Saturday’s offensive came one day after Iraqi forces managed to retake Fallujah from Daesh

By Suleiman al-Qubaisi

BAGHDAD (AA) - Iraqi forces have launched an offensive against Daesh terrorists south of Mosul, one day after recapturing the western city of Fallujah from the group.

Army officer Lt. Gen. Mohamed al-Askari told Anadolu Agency on Saturday that the offensive aims at retaking Qayara, south of Mosul, from the Daesh group.

“The operation aims to recapture Qayara, which is an important area due to the presence of a military base there,” he said.

Saturday’s offensive came one day after Iraqi forces managed to retake Fallujah, two years after the western city fell to the terror group in 2014.

Meanwhile, seven people were killed in bomb attacks in capital Baghdad on Friday.

An explosive device exploded at a military vehicle in al-Doura in southern Baghdad, killing a soldier and injuring two others, police officer Hamed al-Moamen told Anadolu Agency.

Another three civilians were killed and 11 others injured in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad, he said.

Three people were also killed and 15 injured in two bomb blasts in northern and western Baghdad, al-Moamen said.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Iraq has suffered a security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh captured the northern city of Mosul and overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.

According to the UN, more than 3.4 million people are now displaced in Iraq -- more than half of them children -- while more than 10 million are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

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