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jeffusa810687044855765254724778 says():Mosul – Iraqi federal police forces have secured four safe passages for civilians who fled their home in the Old City of Mosul on Thursday.
This comes as the Iraqi forces are preparing to launch an offensive to liberate the Old City.
For its part, the UN and human rights organizations have expressed concerns about the lives of civilians, dozens of whom have been killed by both sides in the fighting.
Fierce battles took place between Iraqi forces and ISIS on the outskirts of the city as ISIS’s snipers used civilians as human shields.
Commander of the police Gen. Raid Shaker Jawdat told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Our forces have intensified their field intelligence operations and their aerial surveillance to monitor the movements of the terrorist organization’s leaders, their support weapons and defenses in the Old City.”
In the midst of fighting between the security forces ISIS gunmen in remaining areas of western Mosul that are still under ISIS control, the civilians continue to flee the battles and the siege and move towards the front lines of the Iraqi forces.
jeffusa810687044855765254724778 says():This comes within the offensive launched by the Iraqi forces on February 19th with the aid of the US-led coalition to liberate the right bank of Mosul.
In this context, credible reports indicate that at least 231 civilians attempting to flee western Mosul have been killed by ISIS since 26 May, including at least 204 over three days last week alone, the UN reported on Thursday.
“The UN Human Rights Office has been documenting ISIS’s use of civilians as human shields and its slaughter of those attempting to flee since the start of the Mosul operation, but recent reports indicate a significant escalation in such killings,” the UN said in a statement.
“On 26 May, ISIS reportedly shot at civilians trying to flee al-Shifa neighborhood in western Mosul, killing 27 people, including 14 women and five children. Their bodies were reportedly buried two days later by neighbors,” the UN stated.
Moreover, the UN reported other incidents, such us the killing of 163 civilians in the al-Shifa neighborhood on the 1st and 3rd of June; ISIS shot at least 41 civilians in the same location while they were attempting to flee ISIS.
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jeffusa810687044855765254724778 says():Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police forces killed eleven Islamic State militants, including senior leaders, in western Mosul on Friday, with operations advancing further towards the group’s last bastion.
The service’s chief, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, said in statements quoted by Sputnik agency, that the bombardment targeted IS locations in the vicinity of Nuri al-Kabeer Mosque, the medieval structure where IS’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, mounted a podium to declare the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Killed in the shelling where Yaareb al-Khatouni, a senior division leader, and Abu Amal, the group’s designated security committee chief, in addition to nine others, according to Jawdat.
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Doug_W says():every sign in Pal
jeffusa810687044855765254724778 says():then I have been here WAY to much
Doug_W says():get a permanent membership and it will go away
jeffusa810687044855765254724778 says():come on liberation
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Doug_W says():I agree
Okie Dinar says():Jabouri: Post-ISIS era discussions have begun
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri asserted that he is continuing his discussions with Iraqi political parties’ leaders and Arab leaders about post-ISIS era in Iraq.
In a press statement, Jabouri said that he is holding meetings inside and outside Iraq to study all situations, viewpoints to achieve a consensus for post-ISIS era.
These discussions come in a time where the whole world is well aware of the grave dangers of terrorism, Jabouri further added.
He asserted that he is looking for common visions with the leaders he meets to achieve security, stability and economic prosperity for all factions.
Okie Dinar says():Jabouri stresses need for national reconciliation in post-ISIS era
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri has stressed the need for proceeding with the national reconciliation project to restore stability to Iraq.
During a meeting with Ammar al-Hakim on Friday, head of the Iraqi National Alliance, al-Jabouri highlighted the importance of facilitating dialogue between political parties to discuss urgent issues, particularly in the post-ISIS era.
He also called on political parties to solve their disputes and reach a unified vision to face the region’s challenges.
During the meeting, they discussed political developments in Iraq and the region.
A statement, issued by Jabouri’s office, said that they also addressed Mosul’s liberation operations and relief provided to displaced Iraqis.
In an earlier statement, Iraqi Parliament speaker said that national reconciliation is key to Iraq’s security and stability.
He also noted that this cannot be achieved without Iraqi displaced families’ return to their districts and cooperation between the security authorities and citizens.