Bomb attacks around Baghdad, more villages captured from Daesh in Mosul

At least seven people were killed in four separate bomb attacks around Baghdad late Friday, according to a security source, reported Anadolu Agency.

Nasr al-Hanun, an Iraqi chief of security force, told Anadolu Agency that five civilians were killed and 16 others were injured by the bombs that were planted in two different residential areas and a roadside bomb in another area of the city.

Separately, a roadside bomb killed two Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen and injured four others as a patrol car passed in Al-Taci, also in Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, but Iraqi authorities generally claim the Daesh terrorist group was responsible for such attacks.

Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh captured the northern city of Mosul – now the subject of a large offensive to retake it – and overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.

According to the UN, more than 3.4 million people are now displaced in Iraq – more than half of them children – while more than 10 million are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

Iraqi army says 3 more villages captured from Daesh in Mosul
 Three more villages west of Mosul have been recaptured from the Daesh terrorist group, military sources said Saturday.

Faisal Yasin, a captain in the Iraqi army’s Nineveh Operations Command, told Anadolu Agency that four bomb-laden vehicles of Daesh had also been destroyed and that operations were ongoing.

An Iraqi army major, Mezahim Ahmed said US-led coalition airstrikes against the town of Tal Kayf, 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Mosul, mistakenly killed four Iraqi soldiers and injured nine other in Mosul.

The slain soldiers from Iraqi Army’s 16th Division had been in Tal Kayf for almost one week, Ahmed added.

On Oct. 18, the Iraqi army — backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes — launched a much-anticipated operation to retake Mosul, which Daesh overran in mid-2014.

While most villages on the city’s outskirts have since fallen, Daesh remains in control of Mosul, which it overran in mid-2014.