Another commander, Staff Lieutenant-General Abdulwahab al-Saadim, predicted, “We will finish the operation within a few days.
However, the battle for the liberation of Mosul is not yet complete, and we remain focused on supporting the ISF with that objective in mind”.
The focus of the offensive is to capture Mosul’s Old City, the last area under the Islamic State’s control in Mosul.
In Syria, the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, is almost encircled by a USA -backed, Kurdish-led coalition.
The narrow, windy streets of the Old City, an area packed with heritage treasures covering about three square kilometres on Mosul’s west bank of the Tigris, were littered with rubble.
The battle to take full control of Mosul from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be over in a few days, with an attempted counter-attack by the Islamist militants ending in failure, an Iraqi general said yesterday.
ISIS fighters have tried repeatedly to slow down the advance of Iraqi forces with suicide attacks.
And more than 50,000 civilians, about half the Old City’s population, still remain trapped behind Daesh lines with little food, water or medicines, according to those who escaped.
The week-old battle in the Old City is turning into the deadliest of the eight-month United States. -backed campaign to take back the northern city, which fell to the militants in June 2014.
Daesh’s Baghdadi has left the fighting in Mosul to local commanders and is assumed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border area.
The PM’s announcement came as Iraqi forces backed by an worldwide coalition pushed further into the IS group’s last stronghold in western Mosul.
Faruq is located on the opposite side of the historic Nuri Mosque, which was destroyed by ISIS last week. however, the militant group still control the site of the mosque.
Security forces recaptured their first neighborhood in the Old City on Monday, a statement released by Iraq’s Joint Operations Command announced.
“Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat, ” Iraqi Prime Minister commented on his website.
An estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle to retake the city began nine months ago.
In February, Iraqi forces started a US -backed onslaught to wrest back the western section of Mosul from the Islamic State, nearly a month after they recaptured the eastern part of the city. There has been no confirmation of Russian reports over the past days that he has been killed. As it buzzes skyward, officers gather on a couch to inspect enemy defences on the transmitted video feed.Soldiers, who dash through alleys blocked up precariously with stones and furniture, said snipers and suicide bombers remained the primary resistance from Islamic State.
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) – Islamic State fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighborhood that had recently been declared free of the militant group, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said Monday.