SULAIMANI— Iraqi forces regained control of the town of Bartella on Thursday (October 20) after launching an offensive to secure the town from Islamic State (ISIS) militants earlier in the day.
General Talib Shaghati, the commander of the Joint Operations Command, told NRT Arabic Iraqi forces have entered the town, east of Mosul, and are now in control of it.
“Iraqi forces have fully regained the town of Bartella,” Shaghati said.
A military source said Iraqi forces also ousted ISIS militants from the al-Mishraq sulphur factory, 20 kilometers south of Mosul, as military operations progress smoothly.
“After exploding four Improvised Explosive Devices [IEDs], Daesh [ISIS] withdrew from al-Mishraq sulphur factory, which is located in the village of Shura,” the source said.
Further north, Kurdish forces continued an advance from the Bashiqa, Nawaran and Telskuf frontlines, regaining control of two villages and a main road between Bashiqa and Nawaran.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by the U.S.-led Coalition, have made quick progress in securing areas to the south and east of Mosul since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the highly-anticipated battle on Monday (October 17).