Moments ago, the Iraqi Army – assisted by the Popular Mobilization Forces – captured the village of Karabuk (Kabrouk) after clashing with ISIS fighters throughout the morning.
This town is located west of Makmour along the Tigris River and approximately 60 kilometers south of Mosul, ISIS’ foremost stronghold in Iraq.
The Iraqi Armed Forces have now wrestled 7 villages from ISIS in the Makmour region this year. These include Mahanah, Kudilah, Kharbardan, Kamardi, Kharaba, Qaryat Umah Awah and as of today, also Karabuk.
Now, Iraqi troops are expected to strike towards the nearby ISIS-held town of al-Qaiyara.
These Iraqi advances are likely linked to an upcoming Mosul offensive in which the Baghdad Government hopes to recapture Iraq’s 2nd largest city before the end of 2016.
Mosul was initially captured by ISIS in 2014 along with much of northern Iraq and most of the Syrian border; inhabitants of these areas have since lived under strict religious laws and almost daily coalition airstrikes.