- Title: Iraqi troops clash with IS militants in Karama village
- Date: 10th November 2016
- Summary: KARAMA VILLAGE, SOUTH OF MOSUL, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF RAPID RESPONSE FORCES DRIVING THROUGH VILLAGE VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS RUNNING UP TO MOUND AND FIRING RIFLES / ROCKETS FROM THE BERM / SOLDIERS FIRING FROM ARMOURED VEHICLES SOLDIER FIRING HEAVY ARTILLERY FROM AN ARMOURED VEHICLE VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS FIRING RIFLES AND HEAVY ARTILLERY FROM THE BERM VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS FIRING FROM ARMOURED VEHICLES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COMMANDER OF THE RAPID RESPONSE UNIT, MAJOR GENERAL THAMER AL-HUSSEINI, SAYING: "24 hours ago, the rapid response forces captured the Mosul cement factory as well as the areas and villages surrounding it, including the village of Karama and Arej. Thank God the results were very positive. The enemy tried to hinder the advance of our forces with three vehicle-borne explosives which were destroyed by our force. We killed more than 40 Daesh militants. The troops have high moral, our attacks are well organised by the head of the coalition forces." VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS FIRING RIFLES FROM THE BERM SOLDIER FIRING FROM ARMOURED VEHICLES SEVERAL DOGS RUNNING ACROSS EMPTY STREET CEMENT FACTORY ARMOURED VEHICLE PARKED IN FRONT
- Embargoed: 25th November 2016 17:16
- Keywords: Iraq troops clash Islamic State militants Karama Village Mosul
- Location: KARAMA VILLAGE, IRAQ
- City: KARAMA VILLAGE, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00157V57IF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Iraqi rapid response forces clashed with Islamic State militants on Thursday (November 10) near the village of Karama, south of Mosul.
Security forces took cover behind a mound of earth and fired at Islamic State positions from armoured gun turrets.
The commander of the elite police unit which is run by the Shi'ite-controlled Interior Ministry, declared that troops had recaptured the village of Karama and other strategically important sites.
Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance toward Mosul airport on the city's southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants, officers said on Thursday (November 10).
Army officers told Reuters in September the militants had moved concrete blast walls onto the runway to prevent planes from landing there.
Satellite pictures released by intelligence firm Stratfor also showed they had dug deep trenches in the runways and destroyed buildings to ensure clear lines of sight and to prevent advancing forces from using hangars or other facilities.
More than three weeks after the U.S.-backed campaign to retake Mosul was launched, the city is almost surrounded by a coalition of nearly 100,000 fighters, but troops have entered only a handful of neighbourhoods in the east of the city.
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