Army forces uncover huge IS munition stash in Mosul


Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces ran into a large weapons cache belonging to Islamic State militants in Mosul as operations proceed to clear the western side of the city.
Maj. Maan al-Saadi, a second special operations division commander, the army’s Counter-Terrorism Service, was quoted by Alsumaria News saying that a special force found the mini-factory in al-Yabessat district in western Mosul.
The finds included mortar missiles, rockets and rocket launchers, al-Saadi said.
Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and claimed recently to control at least 70 percent of the western side of the city after a second phase of offensives launched in February.
Speaking in a weekly press conference late Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider alAbadi said his military commanders were ready with “new military plans” to recapture remaining cities in Nineveh from Islamic State militants.
Commanders from the U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqi campaign against IS say there are less than 1000 militants in Mosul, while Iraqi generals believe the group holds less than seven percent of Iraqi territories.
The conflict has so far displaced 600.000 civilians, according to Iraqi government counts.

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