GCPF Statement: Large-scale Ground Assault to Clear Bashiqa Town from ISIL Terrorists

Statement by General Command of Peshmerga Forces of Kurdistan Region

At approximately 0600hrs on November 7, 2016, Peshmerga Forces began a large-scale ground assault from three fronts to clear Bashiqa town from ISIL terrorists. This follows several successful operations in nearby areas over the last three weeks.

As of 1700hrs, Peshmerga Forces have advanced from all three fronts into the town to begin house-to-house clearances.

There have been at least 14 Global Coalition airstrikes in support of the operation. One suspected VBIED has been destroyed.

Local, regional and international media outlets were embedded.

Further information will be made available in the next operational update.

Photos and additional information will be available on Twitter (@GCPFKurdistan) using #FreeMosul.