DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Overnight, an elite ISIS unit (so-called Inghimasi) attacked elements of the Iraqi Army’s 15th Division at the village of Abu Kadoor in the western Nineveh countryside.
However, the Islamic State assault troops were routed completely by entrenched Iraqi troops, forcing the jihadist belligerents to flee back towards Tal Afar city by daybreak.
Graphic photos depicting the aftermath of the jihadist offensive:
In addition, the Iraqi Air Force took out upwards of 70 ISIS fighters in the Tal Afar enclave after paid informants provided coordinates of potential targets for Bagdad’s warplanes.
Two weeks ago, the 15th Division led a succesful mechanized offensive which resulted in the swift capture of 12 villages. However, a stalemate has since ensued as the armored vehicles were ordered to halt and dig in for reasons unbeknownst to Al-Masdar News.
Meanwhile, the battle for the provincial capital of Nineveh, the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul, is expected to end within a fortnight given the current rate of Iraqi advances.
Once Iraq’s second largest city is restored under government control, the Rapid Response Division, Counter Terrorism Units, Iraqi Federal Police, 9th Division and 16th Division will be freed for duties elsewhere in the country.
The next major military campaigns on the agenda are said to be the Tal Afar pocket, Hawija pocket and the western Anbar ISIS heartland.