Thursday, March 24, 2016

TASK FORCE SPARTAN--Fire Base Bell--WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT REPORTING--LIVE FROM MOSUL // CC BRUSSELS

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(MOSUL)--Marines at Fire Base Bell provided artillery support Thursday for Iraqi forces launching an attack to retake the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul, the Pentagon confirmed.
The initial advances by Iraqi security forces Thursday targeted several smaller villages south of Mosul, which the Islamic State captured in the summer of 2014. Since that time, the terrorist group has used the city as its de-facto capital in Iraq.
“The Iraqis have announced an operation in Makhmour to liberate several villages in the vicinity. The coalition is assisting the operation with airstrikes and fire support to protect Iraqi forces,” said Christopher Sherman, a Department of Defense spokesman. “The Marines at [Fire Base] Bell are providing fire support for this operation.”
 
Makhmour, where approximately 100 U.S. advisers are working with thousands of soldiers from the Iraqi Army’s 15th Division in advance of the main attack on Mosul, the country’s second largest city.
 
 
 
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ARA NEWS--
“Pro-regime forces were able to control al-Hayal mountain range west of Palmyra, a strategic location that overlooks the ancient city, after fierce clashes with ISIS fighters,” media activist Amir Husein told ARA News in Palmyra.
“Assad forces’ advance came after launching a scorched-earth policy with hundreds of air raids conducted by the Russian aircraft which used cluster and vacuum rockets,” Husein said, pointing out that ISIS was forced to retreat and depend on sending car bombs to the regime’s forces.




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Russian air force continued bombardment on the international highway connecting Palmyra, Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa in a bid to prevent ISIS from receiving additional reinforcements.


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“The army is less than 1km from the citadel, which means that the Syrian government is within hours of retaking the city,” Alaa Ebrahim, a Syrian journalist, told RT after talking with a high-ranking officer. “Once they control the castle, retaking Palmyra will be a formality.”
The government has been advancing from three directions in recent days, and despite sending reinforcements to the symbolic stronghold, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) began broadcasting messages through loudspeakers in the city, urging sympathetic civilians to flee.



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OP FATAH--We Interrupt This Blog--


OPERATION FATAH--Liberation of Mosul--WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG...

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AL MANAR--
"The first phase of the Fatah (Conquest) Operation has been launched at dawn to liberate Nineveh province,” of which Mosul is the capital, a military statement read on state TV said.
The statement added that the allied forces have liberated several towns: an-Nasr, Karmanda, Kathila and Kharbardan, and that the Iraqi flag was raised in these towns.

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PE.COM--
This is an operation “to liberate villages in the vicinity of Makhmour,” said U.S. military spokesman Col. Steve Warren in Baghdad.
 “They’ve had great success so far,” he added.
 Backed by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi army troops and local tribal fighters overran four villages, an Iraqi military statement said. Local news reports indicated that fighting was ongoing.

The Iraqi Army said four villages had been reclaimed in the operation: Nasr, Karmanda, Kuthela and Khurburdan.

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MILITARY TIMES--In the push, Iraqi forces retook several villages on the outskirts of the town of Makhmour, east of Mosul, early in the morning on Thursday and hoisted the Iraqi flag there, according to the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool.

According to an official at the military's provincial Nineveh Operations Command, the aim of the first phase of the Mosul offensive was to clear the areas between Makmour and the adjacent Qayara area to the east of the Tigris River, and to cut one of the supply lines to the nearby Shirqat area



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