- Title: Iraqi Kurdish Pesmerga forces redeploy around Bashiqa in preparation for assault
- Date: 28th October 2016
- Summary: NEAR BASHIQA, IRAQ (OCTOBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PESHMERGA FIGHTERS STANDING NEAR ARMOURED VEHICLES VARIOUS OF HUMVEES AND ARMOURED VEHICLES DRIVING ALONG DIRT ROADS VARIOUS OF HUMVEES DRIVING IN A CONVOY SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR HUMVEES WEAPONS EMERGING FROM VEHICLES FIGHTER PUTTING ON TACTICAL EQUIPMENT FIGHTER CLOSING HUMVEE WINDOW PESHMERGA FIGHTERS GATHERED FIGHTERS STANDING BY ARMOURED CARS FIGHTERS TAKING A SELFIE COMMANDER OF SECOND BRIGADE, COLONEL QADER MAMEIH, WITH FIGHTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COMMANDER OF SECOND BRIGADE, COLONEL QADER MAMEIH, SAYING: "We advanced from the Derdek mountains to the villages of Daraweesh and Jarboa. We advanced until we reached southern Bashiqa. During this process, we clashed with Daesh (a commonly used Arabic acronym for Islamic State), and thank God we were able to defeat them, and reach our goal." MAMEIH'S RANK INSIGNIA (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COMMANDER OF SECOND BRIGADE, COLONEL QADER MAMEIH, SAYING: "Bashiqa is completely surrounded, and we are waiting for the order to storm and search houses." PESHMERGA FIGHTERS STANDING BY CARS VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS STANDING ON ROAD FIGHTERS WALKING ALONG A DIRT ROAD VARIOUS OF A FIGHTERS STANDING IN FRONT OF ARMOURED VEHICLES
- Embargoed: 12th November 2016 14:25
- Keywords: Bashiqa Iraq Peshmerga Kurdish redeploy Mosul Qader Mameih
- Location: NEAR BASHIQA, IRAQ
- City: NEAR BASHIQA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00155X6Z47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Peshmerga fighters surrounded the village of Bashiqa on Friday (October 28), preparing to storm the area in an attempt to recapture it from Islamic State militants.
A commander with the peshmerga forces, Colonel Qader Mameih, predicted that 70-100 militants are inside the village and said it was now "completely surrounded" by his forces.
The Mosul campaign aims to crush the Iraqi half of Islamic State's declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi soldiers and security forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters, backed by U.S.-led air strikes and support on the ground, already control Mosul's southern, eastern and northern flanks, and have advanced on those fronts for nearly two weeks.
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