Tens of thousands of people thought to have been trapped in Shirqat, south of Mosul, celebrate their liberation after the Iraqi army regains control from Islamic State. Mana Rabiee reports.
Iraqi town celebrates freedom from Islamic State
Residents of Shirqat welcome Iraqi forces into their town, an hour’s drive south of Mosul where Islamic State has its de facto capital in Iraq.
Tens of thousands of people were thought to be trapped in Shirqat and surrounding villages.
But now the army has regained control of the northern district of the town from IS, helped by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.
Shirqat is near important supply lines leading to an air base that will be used as a logistics hub for the NEXT key military operation.
The advance later this year on Mosul itself, where over a million people still live under Islamic State’s control.