At least seven Iraqi soldiers including an army captain were killed in clashes in the country’s northern city of Mosul, local media reported on Friday.
The information was reported by the Rudaw media outlet via its Twitter page, with no further details provided.
On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi launched an operation to retake the city. The operation involves 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 the Islamic State terror group, outlawed in Russia.