MOSUL (QHA) -

As part of a military operation to sweep ISIS terrorists from the Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraq's army liberated the ancient historic city of Nimrud in the south-east of Mosul from the militants, the commander of the operations in Nineveh reported, adding that Iraqi State flag is now waving over Nimrud.

During the mopping-up operation in the ancient settlement, the ISIS terrorists have suffered huge losses.

In March 2015, ISIS terrorists destroyed the ruins of the ancient city with heavy machinery. As a result the artifacts, older than two thousand years, were razed to the ground. In June 2016, ISIS terrorists blew up an Assyrian temple Nabu.

Mosul is the second most important city for ISIS terrorist organization, which they captured in 2014. In January 2015, the US carried out air strikes on the city, helping Peshmerge to launch a military operation to liberate Mosul. In March 2016, the Iraqi army launched an operation to clean up the city from the ISIS terrorists.

The operation in Mosul began on October 17. The first stage of operation against the ISIS terrorist elements on the Iraqi city of Mosul involves Peshmerga armed forces of regional Kurdish administration in Iraq, the city militia, trained by Turkish military instructors at the Ba`shiqah military base, The Nineveh Plain Protection Units under the command of an Iraqi general in charge of the operation. It is expected to become the biggest battle in Iraq since the US invasion of 2003.

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