Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mosul Campaign Day 146, Mar 11, 2017


The Iraqi forces (ISF) continued their push into the middle of west Mosul. The Golden Division split its forces with one unit going west to attack Resala and the other heading east towards the Old City along the Tigris River. The latter was attacked from three directions and included the Federal Police and Rapid Reaction Division. An Iraqi general claimed that roughly half of the western section of Mosul is now in government hands. Just south of the city the police also took two towns and assaulted a third, and the 16th Division seized another in its first action of the new campaign. Finally, a village in the Badush district to the west of Mosul was liberated as well. The Hashd discovered a mass grave near the Badush prison that that had several hundred bodies in it. Human Rights Watch documented the execution of over 600 prisoners when the Islamic State moved into the facility in 2014.


Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations Mohamed Ali Alhakim said that Baghdad has no evidence that IS used chemical weapons (CW) in Mosul. At the start of March the Red Cross reported that 12 people had been taken to the hospital with what appeared to be the effects of a blister agent. The U.N. ambassador appeared to be saying that this attack had not been confirmed as a CW incident.

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "Iraqi forces liberate Jaber Bin Hayan facility east of Badush, near Mosul," Iraqi News, 3/11/17
- "Iraqi forces storm Abar area, recapture 2 others near Mosul," Iraqi News, 3/11/17

Baghdad Post, "19 civilians killed, tens injured in western Mosul," 3/11/17
- "Iraq's police forces storm Bab al-Toub district in central Mosul," 3/11/17

BBC, “Mosul IS battle: Mass grave found at Badoush prison, Iraqi forces say,” 3/11/17

Ensor, Josie, “Isil hit back with mortars and suicide bombers as Iraqi forces push into Mosul’s Old City,” Telegraph, 3/11/17

Karim, Ammar, “Iraq paramilitaries say mass grave of hundreds found,” Agence France Presse, 3/11/17

Mostafa, Mohamed, "Iraqi forces capture village, major water station near western Mosul's Tigris bank," Iraqi News, 3/11/17
- “Iraqi forces invade Mosul’s Old City, a major target of operations against IS,” Iraqi News, 3/11/17

New Sabah, “Anti-Terrorism forces break into three neighborhoods in West Mosul and Rapid Response Division liberates Aleppo Street in the center of the city,” 3/11/17

Reuters, “Islamic State frees Mosul prisoners as grip on last major city slips,” 3/11/17

Rudaw, “Iraqi forces closing in on famed Mosul mosque and minaret,” 3/11/17
- “Iraq says there is no evidence of ISIS chemical attack in Mosul,” 3/11/17

Shafaaq News, “Urgent..Iraqi forces stormed old Mosul from three axes,” 3/11/17
- “Urgent..Iraqi troops roll into the old city of Mosul and promote their gains,” 3/11/17

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