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Iraqi Troops Fight in Strategic Areas of West Mosul

January 21 2018, 12:15 | Irvin Gilbert

Iraqi Troops Fight in Strategic Areas of West Mosul

Iraqi Troops Fight in Strategic Areas of West Mosul

Federal police and elite CTS units in Mosul were battling with Daesh fighters in the Old City's maze of narrow alleyways, along with the army and interior ministry units.

He went on saying that the Iraqi forces are still struggling to fully liberate the city from ISIS militants.

The operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State forces began in October 2016, aided by the US-led coalition.

"The victory announcement will come in a very short time", Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on his website last night. Despite the fact that ISIS now faces a stark new operational reality with less territory under its control and having suffered major symbolic and tactical losses, it is premature to conclude that the struggle against ISIS is over because numerous factors that contributed to its rise remain.

The attacks also underscore the security threat that IS will likely pose, long after the militant group is routed from all of Mosul and other territory it holds in Iraq.

The Iraqi forces in Old Mosul now battle ISIS within hand-grenade range.

The military estimates up to 350 militants are dug in among civilians in wrecked houses and crumbling infrastructure. Residents who have escaped from the Old City, say that they have little food, water or medicine in the Old City.

The media bureau of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced in a statement on Wednesday that army troopers had established full control over Hadarat al-Saada and al-Ahmadiyya neighborhoods northwest of Grand al-Nuri Mosque, where purported Daesh ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the formation of the group's so-called caliphate back in 2014.

The Iraqi government had once hoped to take Mosul by the end of a year ago, but the fighting has dragged on as the militants reinforced positions in civilian areas, effectively using the residents as human shields.

According to recent United Nations reports, some 100,000 civilians are still trapped in the IS-held areas in the old city center and the adjacent al-Shifaa neighborhood.

Iraqi troops on Monday captured the al-Faruq quarter, facing the mosque, the military said.

The group has carried out sporadic suicide bombings in parts of Mosul using sleeper cells. "This attack shows that they will soon be defeated in Mosul".

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