BAGHDAD, IRAQ (10:10 A.M.) – The Iraqi Army, backed by the Nineveh Plains Protection Units (Assyrian paramilitary), entered the strategic town of Al-Hamdaniyah this morning after an intense firefight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

Located southeast of Mosul, Al-Hamdaniyah is considered the gateway to the provincial capital, as it is situated approximately 30km away.

In addition to their advance at Al-Hamdaniyah, the Iraqi Army and their allies liberated the key town of Bartella, which is located just east of Mosul.

Once Al-Hamdaniyah is secured, the Iraqi Army and the NPU will have Mosul surrounded from two different flanks, leaving little to no room to retreat.

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