Security forces stormed the defenses Daesh and evacuates hundreds of civilians in the old Mosul

Journal July 3, 2017

BAGHDAD – The Journal News has 

managed the security forces Monday, storming the strongest defensive barrier to the terrorist organization Daesh and the evacuation of hundreds of civilians in the old city of Mosul.
According to a statement of the cell media war he received for «Journal News», “The Sixth Infantry Division Ten Iraqi army breaks and breaks the most powerful defensive barrier to organize Daesh terrorist was caught by foreign fighters in Katunah area and Ras Al Khor, killing 67 Ar¬habiya of different nationalities.”
“It has also been destroyed in large piles Shahwani area and the explosion of bombs under the control of two wheels while the band field of engineering lifting more than 72 large-sized packaging was Mz¬ruah for the purpose of obstructing progress cuts.”
He said another statement, the cell that “the sixteenth Iraqi Army Division evacuates 196 civilians after the opening of safe passages in the area of ​​Ras Alcor and Alhatonah and Tualb and increasing numbers.”

America notify Barzani opinion referendum of independence

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Twilight News / expressed US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Suleiman, during a meeting with the President of Kurdistan , Massoud Barzani, on Monday, he expressed hope that deals with the subject of the referendum and relations between Erbil and Baghdad through dialogue and understanding between the two sides. 

In a statement to the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region it responded to Twilight News, that Barzani met in the resort of Salahuddin in Arbil on Monday, the US ambassador to Iraq , Douglas Suleiman and his accompanying delegation. 

The statement noted that Suleiman expressed his country ‘s thanks to the role of Barzani and the Peshmerga forces in the defeat of “Daesh” and spoke of the importance of coordination and cooperation between the two Kurdish and the US in the war against terrorism, stressing the continuation of this coordination and cooperation. 

The statement added that Suleiman also expressed his country ‘s thanks for the Kurdistan Region for excellent coordination with Iraq in the liberation of Mosul process, expressing appreciation and appreciation for the Kurdistan Region , which received large numbers of displaced persons and refugees in these difficult circumstances, describing the value of humanitarian ideals. 

The statement noted that the meeting witnessed the process of liberation of Mosul and its implications discussed was talking about the anxiety caused by the violations that get Khalalv previous agreements and understandings that may cause future problems and greater risks to the coexistence between the components of the province. 

The statement noted that Barzani For his part , expressed his thanks and appreciation to the people and the government and the army of America for their role in the war against terrorism and to help the people of Kurdistan and the Peshmerga forces, explaining that the post “Daesh” stage of a very sensitive stage and must prevent the recurrence of the ground that has created the appearance of “Daesh”. 

The statement added that Barzani said the guest that the delegation before the start of editing Nineveh called the process of the existence of political and administrative plans , along with military plans for the province of Nineveh, expressing regret for the absence of such plans and the lack of agreement emerged now , the beginnings of the problem, as he put it . 

Barzani said that under the coordination and cooperation between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army and the support of the international coalition forces led by the US, nearing liberation of Mosul operations to finish the defeat and destruction of Daesh and expelled from Mosul, but this does not mean the elimination of “Daesh” and terrorism, stressing that he should end the reasons the factors that have contributed to the emergence and strengthening of terrorism and must feel the sons of the components of this province and reassured the protection of their lives. 

The statement also noted that the meeting dealt in detail with the decision the people of Kurdistan to hold the referendum next September 25 to explain Barzani reasons that prompted the people of Kurdistan to urge the pace to hold the referendum, noting that the people of Kurdistan is moving towards the referendum and independence by peaceful means through to obtain rights dialogue , in order not to repeat wars and new problems. 

The statement noted that the US ambassador expressed hope that address the issue of the referendum and relations between Erbil and Baghdad through dialogue and understanding between the two sides

URGENT .. Iraq announces the killing of dozens of terrorists and destroy the “most powerful” defenses Daesh

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Twilight News / announced media war a cell enables Iraqi forces to break the “strongest” line defenses organization Daesh in the old city , where the final battle take place to restore the city of Mosul , a stronghold of militants. 

According to a statement of the cell it responded to Twilight News, the Sixth Infantry Division Ten Iraqi army breaks and breaks the most powerful defensive barrier to terrorist gangs Daesh was caught by foreign fighters in the area Katunah and Ras Al Khor.
He added that troops also managed 67 terrorists of various nationalities and destroy large piles in the Shahwani area and the explosion of bombs under the control of two wheels.
He said while the band field of engineering lifting more than 72 large-sized explosive was planted for the purpose of obstructing progress cuts

of the organization of the Islamic state under siege .. Iraq is preparing to celebrate victory

Twilight News / fighters of the “Islamic state” continues to fight to hang on the last few streets are still under their control in the old city of Mosul on Monday in what seemed like the last minute desperate steadfastness in the former stronghold. After heavy fighting forced Iraqi army units militants to retreat and trapped in a rectangular area gradually shrinking now there is currently more than 300 meters and a length of 500 meters on the bank of the Tigris River, according to a map published by the Information Office of the Army. 

The smoke covered parts of the old city , which came under air strikes and a barrage of artillery shells during the morning. 

The shrinking number of militant group fighters in Mosul when thousands of government troops began their offensive by more than eight months to about two hundred now, according to the Iraqi army. 

And access to the Tigris River, expected this week, Iraqi forces have seized control of the entire city. 

He is expected to visit the Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi Mosul to announce the victory officially and there are plans for celebrations across the country last week. 

Mosul is the largest city controlled by the organization of the Islamic state at all. 

Including about three years ago , the organization announced the establishment of “Caliphate State” on parts of the territory of Iraq and Syria. 

The fall of Mosul , will represent the actual end of the half reality in Iraq from the State of “succession” announced by the organization three years ago on parts of Iraq and Syria. But regulation is still in control of the territory to the west and south of the city where tens of thousands of civilians live. 

Brigadier – General Yahya messenger , spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command official television “Victory is very close leaving only 300 meters separating the security forces from the river bank.” 

Abadi announced on Thursday the end of the “mini – state falsehood” declared by the Islamic state after security forces took control of the Great Mosque of Al – Nouri archaeological site. 

And from the pulpit of the mosque of Abu Bakr al – Baghdadi he declared himself the “successor” on the fourth of July 2014 the first and last appearance so far. 

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with the rapid shrinking of the areas under his control given the organization to launch suicide attacks in parts of Mosul , Iraqi forces recovered and elsewhere in the country. 

Security sources said a suicide bomber dressed as a veiled woman killed 14 people and wounded 13 others in a camp for the displaced west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday. Announced the organization of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq , Lise Grande said in a statement , “those attacked had fled to Kilo 60 to keep them safe. Many of them moved great distances for help , ” referring to the camp of displaced persons who witnessed the bombing. 

Islamic state said on Sunday it had launched 32 suicide attacks in June in Iraq and 23 in Syria , including 11 attacks on the Syrian Kurdish US – backed forces are attacking their stronghold in tenderness. 

Provided thousands of densely populated old city during the twenty – four hours past according to state television. 

Some were able to escape and said that it is believed that thousands of civilians are trapped there in poor conditions with little food, water and medicine supplies and actually use as human shields. 

Estimates of relief organizations indicate that continuing for nearly nine months , the campaign has caused the displacement of 900 thousand people, are almost half the city ‘s population before the war, and also led to the deaths of thousands. 

The US and Iraqi military sources said al – Baghdadi , leaving the fighting in Mosul for local leaders and is believed to be hiding in the border region between Iraq and Syria. 

According to sources of US intelligence last month that the organization of the transfer of the rest of the command and control fields to the area in eastern Syria structures.

Counter-terrorism: 200 meters separates us from the Tigris


July 3, 2017

Military vehicles in Mosul belonging to the anti-terrorist forces

Military vehicles in Mosul belonging to the anti-terrorist forces

A spokesman for the anti-terrorism forces, Brigadier-General Sabah Numan announced Monday in a statement to “free site” Edit Header Alcor area in the old city of Mosul.

Numan confirmed that only 200 meters is all that separates the fight against terrorism for the completion of its objectives in the center axis and access to the bank of the Tigris River forces.

Leaving militants trapped Daesh in the narrow space by Nu’man only a “hidden group in cellars and basements of houses, most of them suicide bombers, some tried to enter the homes of civilians and blow up themselves in retaliation for the reception of Iraqi forces welcome and cheer.”

Numan stressed that the vast majority of the remaining numbers of militants Daesh are foreign suicide bombers, noting that the troops managed Sunday killed 17 suicide.

And prevented the fight against terrorism Monday and the arrival of suicide bombers to the homes of civilians, adds Numan, were killed, most of them foreign women, reflecting “the amount of bankruptcy, which reached Daesh.”

The death toll Daesh since Iraqi troops entered the old city and even enter the mosque Nouri area more than 900 people dead, and the number continues to grow with the progress of Iraqi forces, according to Noman.

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Iraqi minister announces the return of about 4 thousand displaced to Mosul



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BAGHDAD / The head of the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Displaced Jassim Mohammed Al-Jaf announced on Monday the return of 4,000 displaced people from camps in the south and east of the northern city of Mosul to their liberated areas.
In a statement seen by Anatolia, the JAF said that the ministry’s field teams transported 3,087 displaced people from the camps to their liberated areas in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and the Joint Operations Command, as well as private trucks to transport their furniture.
He also pointed out that “the displaced returned to their areas in the neighborhoods of sugar, Rashidiya, Karama, Jerusalem and Kukli, as well as Wadi Hajar and martyrs and safe and flowers and unity, in addition to the neighborhoods of victory and friend and stoning of iron and Ghazlani and Tenk, as well as areas of Tel Rumman and Zahra and Khadra and Yarmouk, “He said.
He pointed out that “all aid was provided to them during the transfer to their areas.”
He added that “there are other payments of displaced people will return in the next two days, because they want to return to their liberated areas in Mosul.”
For her part, member of the Committee on Migration and Displaced Parliamentary Nahla Hussein Hababi, told Anatolia, “This return shows the improvement of security and services in the areas to which they return.”
She pointed out that there is a race of displaced people to return to their areas and hope that the crisis of displacement will soon end, and return to their areas after the liberation of all territory of the control of the terrorist Islamic state.
The United Nations has forecast about one million people displaced from the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, out of the two million people who lived in the city when the military campaign began on October 17, 2016.
In total, about 4 million Iraqis have fled their homes since the organization seized control of large areas in the north and west of the country in the summer of 2014, half of them returned home after being freed from the organization, according to official figures.

Security source: The battle against Da’ash ended on the right side of the city of Mosul


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A senior security source said on Monday that the major military operations against the Daqash organization had ended on the right side of the city of Mosul.

The source said in a press statement that the major operations had ended in Mosul, leaving only hundreds of meters, including about 8 popular streets Iraqi forces are trying to reach.

The source added that the Dahesh can not use civilians as shields in those alleys, but said that those civilians find it difficult to get out of these alleys because of the rubble.

Iraq outlines plans to rebuild country, inspire tolerance


The Al-Hadba minaret at the Grand Mosque is seen among buildings destroyed during combat between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, April 4, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares)

BAGHDAD — Iraqi military leaders expect victory this week against the Islamic State (IS) in the battle for Mosul, and the government has unveiled a $100 billion, 10-year reconstruction plan for the country that, despite some challenges, is slated to begin next year.

Summary⎙ Print Iraqi officials say they are ready to reconstruct the country and heal the populace devastated by the Islamic State.

TranslatorSahar Ghoussoub

Mosul will be particularly important to rebuild because of the number of citizens who were forced from their homes, the extent of the damage there and the symbolic significance of the city, which IS considered its Iraqi capital. In addition to repairing the infrastructure, Iraqi officials acknowledge the importance of overcoming the influence IS established on the population, especially young people, during its three-year reign of terror there.

Hossam al-Ayyar, a member of the Ninevah Provincial Council, told Al-Monitor the plan will aim to eliminate “ideological extremism from the culture of the people of Mosul, who have been living for three years with IS’ inflammatory rhetoric, and [prevent] the emergence of a new generation … inspired by the culture of hate.”

Ayyar added, “The plan includes cultural and religious programs adopted by mosques, schools and churches to consolidate the values of coexistence and moderation, promote shared living and the culture of peace and freedom of belief and the respect of the rights of others.”

Ninevah council member Abdul Rahman al-Kaa told Al-Monitor, “This step is imperative to bring peace to the people of the city, which includes Sunni Arabs, representing the majority, and the Kurds, Shiite Arabs, who represent a small minority, as well as the Turkmens and the Christians. This could be done through the spread of a culture of tolerance and acceptance of others, distancing mosques from extremism, organizing periodic field visits [between] the people of Mosul [and] Baghdad and the areas in the center and the south, in order to achieve social integration. This is not to mention the need to involve all components in cultural, social and religious events.”

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office, also told Al-Monitor it will be necessary to “instill the concept of coexistence and shared living between the different spectrums and ethnicities of the city.”

Hadithi outlined the overall reconstruction plan for Al-Monitor.

“Iraq will start implementing the strategic plan prepared by the Civil Crisis Management for the reconstruction of Mosul as a priority, as part of a long-term project for the reconstruction of all the areas liberated from IS. The first phase of the project will begin in 2018 and will continue until 2022. The final phase is scheduled to begin in 2023 and go until 2028.”

He said, “Mosul is a high priority in the reconstruction plan because of the massive number of displaced people there, in addition to the city’s symbolic importance, as IS considered it to be its second capital after Raqqa in Syria. Moreover, Mosul is the third-largest city in terms of population, after Baghdad and Basra in the south.”

In mid-June, Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Jassem al-Jaf said, “The number of the displaced people from the western side of the city of Mosul has risen to 690,000 people since the Iraqi forces launched their offensive Feb. 19.”

Hadithi also talked about the main priorities of the strategic reconstruction project, saying, “It focuses primarily on the displaced, or those who stayed in the city when it was under occupation. The necessary funds, mechanisms and services will be employed to allow the return of the citizens who are able to do so to their homes, as the city is now secured by the army and the security forces present there.”

He added, “The second part of the project entails building security institutions in the province, for example, the local police, the intelligence and rapid deterrence forces, by encouraging the citizens to volunteer in security work. They will be involved in training courses and in special institutes to be able to defend the city, paving the way for the exit of the army and the combat forces.”

Obviously, there will be some obstacles to the project, conceded Jamila al-Obeidi, a parliamentarian for Ninevah province.

“The biggest challenge facing the strategic plan is funding, especially since the salaries of the province’s employees have yet to be disbursed,” Obeidi told Al-Monitor. “Foreign reconstruction companies will enter Iraq right after the exit of IS.” She expressed hope that “this investment will contribute to the benefit of the citizens and not be only profitable to some parties.” She warned against “corruption in such projects.”

The solution to the funding problem appears to be through borrowing. The World Bank will be the main option. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met May 24 with World Bank Regional Director Saroj Kumar Jha to discuss reconstruction operations in the liberated areas.

Hadithi told Al-Monitor that “the bank has shown willingness to invest in the reconstruction of Mosul.” For example, the Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations was early to launch its projects. During the Erbil International Reconstruction Conference, the fund revealed May 18 that more than 151 projects had been launched in several provinces liberated from IS.

Undoubtedly, the reconstruction projects will be a good investment opportunity for many countries, which have become even more enthusiastic to participate in projects now that they have learned that Iraq will be able to provide the necessary funds for reconstruction.

This is the case with Turkey, Iraq’s neighbor. Turkish ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz said June 15 that Turkey is “ready to hold a conference for Iraqi and Turkish businessmen and investors during the months of August and September to cooperate in the reconstruction process.” French companies have also expressed interest in reconstruction projects.

The people of Mosul began to return to their city before the final liberation of the area, Ninevah Gov. Nawfal Hamadi al-Sultan said in a press statement June 15. However, the complete return of the displaced will require the reconstruction process to move quickly to eliminate terrorism, Islamic Supreme Council President Ammar al-Hakim said May 22.

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Iraqi forces advance in the old city of Mosul and are about to complete their liberation

Last updated: 03/07/2017

Iraqi forces have made new progress in the old city west of Mosul. However, the end of fighting has not yet been determined due to the difficulty of access to some narrow areas and the presence of civilians. The Iraqi forces began the raid on Mosul since 18 June, to expel the “Islamic State” of the city.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces continue to control new areas of the Old City in western Mosul as part of their operations to expel the Islamic state from its last location in Iraq’s second-largest city, military officials said on Sunday.

More than eight months after the start of the largest military operation in Iraq to restore Mosul, the organization of the “Islamic State” has been confined within a small area in the old city, having been in control of large territory since 2014.

“The number of Da’ash fighters we get through the source or coalition information ranges from more than 300 fighters, mostly European nationalities and Arabs of other nationalities or of Asian origin,” said Brigadier General Nabil al-Fatlawi.

“We can not say when the battles will end because of the narrow streets in the Old City and the presence of civilians in the Old City, but I can say within days,” he said.

The Joint Operations Command of Iraq announced in a statement earlier that “the anti-terrorist forces liberate the area of ​​the mosque in the old city.”

Although the area still controlled by the organization is very small, the narrow alleys and streets and the presence of civilians inside make the military operation risky.

On Saturday, Iraqi forces seized control of a medical compound north of the Old City, after long battles, to isolate the organization of the “Islamic State” currently surrounding its perimeter outside the square of the old city.

Some members of the Iraqi forces expressed their frustration at the restrictions on the use of heavy weapons against some facilities such as hospitals, saying that this would prolong efforts to restore them.

“Progress in three axes”

For his part, the Federal Police Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat restored the entire Shifa district , to limit the presence of jihadists currently on the Old City.

“Our forces are advancing in three axes and pursuing terrorist groups in the few remaining areas of the old town,” Jawdat said in a statement.

A suicide bombing in Anbar

On Sunday, 14 people, mostly women and children, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself upinside a camp for displaced Iraqis in Anbar province, security and medical sources said.

The Islamic State still controls areas in western Anbar, although Iraqi forces have been able to expel it from major cities in Ramadi, Falluja and other parts of the province.

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Published on: 03/07/2017