Iraqi forces recapture new neighbourhood in east Mosul

Iraqi forces on Tuesday (December 6th) fully liberated a north-eastern Mosul neighbourhood from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), a senior Iraqi military commander told Diyaruna.

"Joint Iraqi forces have retaken al-Shaymaa neighbourhood and are now moving towards neighbouring Domeez under excellent aerial coverage from the international coalition," said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assaf, a commander with the Counter-Terrorism Service's 4th Brigade.

"The bodies of ISIL terrorists are scattered all over the streets," he told Diyaruna.

Federal Police Chief Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat said Iraqi forces will launch preparatory operations on Tuesday before advancing into the western side of Mosul.

"ISIL will not be able to withstand our forces' strikes," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Iraqi aircraft have dropped millions of leaflets on Mosul, al-Qaim in western Anbar and al-Hawijah, south of Kirkuk, carrying instructions to local residents who still live under ISIL, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said Tuesday.

The leaflets detail the victories achieved by the Iraqi army and provide citizens with a list of instructions, such as keeping away from ISIL areas to avoid airstrikes, the ministry said in a statement.

The leaflets also include warnings to ISIL elements to either "surrender or face death", the statement said.

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