Iraqi security forces on Monday killed at least 57 Islamic State (IS) terrorists group in their stronghold city of Mosul.
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) Commandos repelled several attacks by ISIS suicide bombers on troops’ positions in the freed districts in eastern Mosul, including al-Qadsiyah and Zahraa.
According to the CTS deputy commander Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the forces in a fierce fire fight managed to kill 26 suicide bombers.
In a separate operation, the troops of the army's 16th Division and allied Sunni tribal fighters killed 31 IS militants and destroyed two booby-trapped cars when they stormed IS positions in area located some five kilometers in north of Mosul, according to the commander of the security forces in north of Mosul, Lieutenant General Ali al-Freiji.
The battles in and around Mosul is part of a major offensive announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city.
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