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IRGC Moves Tons of Arms into Tuz Khormato - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Irbil- Official security sources revealed that Iran will be sending tons of ammo, arms and missiles to Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces and Hezbollah militants who are situated in the central city of Tooz District in Saladin Province Tuz Khormato. The artilleries are sent to support the continuation of battles against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Thousands of Tuz Khormato residents are fleeing the city’s premise and vicinity, heading to the Kirkuk governorate, as they fear the renewal of fierce clashes their city has been witnessing over the past few days. Fierce clashes are erupting between Shi’ite militias and Peshmerga forces.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper sources revealed details on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ushering in, over the last two nights, seven cargos packed with high and medium caliber weapons which entered the area through the Mehran bordering exit and into Iraqi grounds.

The reinforcement came under coordination struck between official parties, the Iraqi government and the Popular Mobilization Forces PMF.

The cargos ferried rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and rifles. As soon as the shipments arrived on Iraqi ground, they set course for the Tuz Khormato region taking the route through Sulaiman Bek which falls under the control of Shi’ite militias.

The loaded trucks landed in the hands of PMF groups and Lebanon-based Hezbollah militias assigned to fight in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Kurdish security director in the Tuz Khormatu district, Major Farouq Ahmed, told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the PMF has been expecting an attack by the Peshmerga forces.

“Over half of Tuz Khurmato’s residents have fled in the direction of the Kirkuk northern governorate as they fear the regeneration of clashes between the two conflicting sides, official spheres are currently inoperative and markets are closed with almost no sign of life across the city,” the sources added.

On the other hand, Iraqi army forces backed Peshmerga forces and the international coalition in launching an attack over ISIS sites in Southern Mosul to free whatever cities left under the terrorist organization’s control.

Nineveh Governorate security committee chairman Mohammed Ibrahim said that the Iraqi Army launched Yesterday at 6:00 am a comprehensive campaign backed by the international coalition in al-Mahana village, a strategic location, situated south of Mosul. The village was successfully freed from over a hundred ISIS militants; the coalition’s air campaign destroyed two explosive laced vehicles, three missile launching platforms and a score of high-arcing ballistic trajectories affiliated to ISIS.

Ibrahim pointed out that al-Mahana is a significantly strategic location, and with it being freed all support routes delivering ISIS with supplies have been cut off .Moreover, ISIS now has its movement restricted to a few villages in Mosul.

“After clearing out the al-Mahana from landmines planted by ISIS, the Iraqi Army will head towards villages situated on the eastern bank of the Tigris River to free them as well,” Ibrahim added.