Hamam al-Alil

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Hamam al-Alil
Hamam al-Alil is located in Iraq
Hamam al-Alil
Hamam al-Alil
Coordinates: 36°09′29.2″N 43°15′33.8″E / 36.158111°N 43.259389°E / 36.158111; 43.259389Coordinates: 36°09′29.2″N 43°15′33.8″E / 36.158111°N 43.259389°E / 36.158111; 43.259389
Country  Iraq
Governorate Nineveh
Municipality Mosul District
Population (2016)
 • Total 25,000

Hamam al-Alil (also: Hammam al-Alil; Arabic: حمام العليل "fresh bath") is a town south of Mosul in the Nineveh Governorate in Iraq, on the western bank of the Tigris River. It is referred to as the largest town south of the city.[1]

Recent history[edit]

In 2014 the area fell to ISIL along with neighbouring Mosul. On 11 February 2014, 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn assault on an army camp guarding an oil pipeline near Hamam al-Alil.[2] In July 2016, F16 fighters of the international coalition against ISIL had destroyed bases of the terrorist organisation in the area.[3] During the 2016 Battle of Mosul the town was attacked by the Iraqi Army in the final days of October 2016 and reportedly "90 percent surrounded". Also it was reported that ISIL executed 42 civilians in the town.[1]

A combination of Iraqi, federal police and elite interior ministry forces reportedly liberated the town from ISIL on 7 November 2016.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith-Spark, Laura; Tawfeeq, Mohammed (28 October 2016). "UN: ISIS 'executes' 232 near Mosul". CNN. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "15 Iraq soldiers killed in pre-dawn attack: officials". The Daily Star. 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ ISIS.liveuamap.com, 15 July 2016
  4. ^ "Iraqi forces capture key town of Hamam al-Alil from ISIS on southern approach to Mosul". The Straits Times. Agence France-Presse. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.