Mosul battle to end in days as troops advance in Old City: Iraqi Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi

June 26, 2017 10:30 pm
An Iraqi general says the operation to regain complete control over and purge the country’s second largest city of Takfiri Daesh terrorists will come to an end within the next few days as government troops are combing the last areas still held by the extremists.
“Only a small part remains in the city, specifically the Old City,” Lieutenant General , commander of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), said on Monday.
He added, “From a military perspective, Daesh is finished. It has lost its fighting spirit and its balance. We are making calls to them to surrender or die.”
Assadi further noted that Iraqi army forces thwarted Daesh ’ offensive to return to neighborhoods outside the Old City late Sunday, stressing that Mosul will be liberated from the grip of Takfiri terrorists “in very few days, God willing.”
Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah also said forces with the CTS had captured al-Farouq neighborhood in western Mosul, and raised the national Iraqi flag over several buildings in the area.

Iraqi forces advance through the Old City of Mosul on June 25, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the last district held by Takfiri Daesh terrorists. (Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces are searching liberated neighborhoods of western Mosul in the wake of a surprise Daesh attack in the Tanak and Yarmouk neighborhoods of west Mosul, which claimed the lives of several civilians.
“The group came with the displaced people and settled in the Tanak district. They regrouped and launched counterattacks,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi of the CTS stated.
“Yarmouk is being searched house to house,” Saadi said, adding that two groups of Daesh extremists are still believed to be hiding in the area.
A CTS medic, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the attack had caused several victims but he did not provide an exact figure.

Iraqi forces stand amidst the rubble of a building during their advance through the Old City of Mosul on June 25, 2017, as part of the ongoing offensive to retake the last district held by Takfiri Daesh terrorists. (Photo by AFP)

The medic noted that between 15 and 20 Daesh extremists were killed in skirmishes with Iraqi army soldiers.
Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by their Arabic name, Hashd al-Sha’abi, have made sweeping gains against Daesh since launching the Mosul operation on October 17, 2016.
The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.
An estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle to retake the city began nine months ago. A total of 195,000 civilians have also returned, mainly to the liberated areas of eastern Mosul.
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