At least nine Iraqi troops died in the government forces’ attempt to recapture the city of Mosul, currently held by Daesh terrorist group, Rudaw news agency reported.
According to the agency’s Twitter, over 20 soldiers were injured in the attack.
On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi launched the operation to retake the city. The operation began with 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and 30,000 Iraqi soldiers backed by the US-led anti-terror coalition.
Mosul, the second biggest Iraqi city, and several other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns were seized in 2014 during an offensive of Daesh.