GCPF Statement: Peshmerga Forces Clear Nine Villages in East of Mosul, in Area Measuring Approximately 200 Square Kilometers

Statement by General Command of Peshmerga Forces of Kurdistan Region

As of 2000hrs on 17 October, Peshmerga forces in Khazir, East of Mosul, had achieved their key objectives: clear nine villages and extend control over the Erbil-Mosul road.

In less than 24 hours nine villages were cleared in an area measuring approximately 200 square kilometres. The villages include Baskhira, Tarjala, Kharbat Sultan, Karbirli, Bazgirtan, Shaquli, Badana Bchuk, Badana Gawre, Shekh Amir and a tile factory West of Hasan Shami.

Peshmerga forces also secured an additional significant stretch of the Erbil-Mosul road.

The operations in East and South Mosul are in coordination with Iraqi Security Forces in a shared effort to clear ISIL from Ninewa province.

Global Coalition warplanes attacked 17 ISIL positions in support of Peshmerga forces. At least four ISIL VBIEDs were destroyed. Counter-IED teams will continue to clear the heavily-mined area.

At least 60 local, regional and international media outlets were embedded.

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