Bartila, Iraq (Reuters) – General Abdel-Ghani al-Asadi said the Iraqi commander of the anti-terror apparatus, who leads the attack to regain Mosul, a stronghold of the “Islamic state” that his forces have gained a foothold in the city faster than expected.
Asadi added that if his forces have made further progress, they may be trying to invade the eastern half of the connector until the Tigris River with getting around some neighborhoods.
“Reuters” reported the site to drive east of Mosul that if the leadership wants to accelerate the pace of military operations, they have no control over some areas, and will instead isolate them to prevent movement which would reduce the time needed to reach the eastern bank of the Tigris River.
Asadi speculated that withdrawing fighters of the “Islamic state” to the stronghold of the group in the West Bank of the river.
He said that the defenses of militants in eastern Mosul seem so far weaker than it was in the city of Ramadi that Iraqi forces restored late last year.
He added, “instead of the days that we previously set aside for these battles, it ended in just a few hours,” referring to the towns and villages have been restored in the past two weeks.
Asadi said that the three teams for a counter-terrorism targeting 38 alive in parts of the eastern half of the connector.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces and also advancing toward the city from several directions, but the eastern front has seen faster gains in the attack was launched less than three weeks, with support from the US-led coalition provides air support and guidance thick on the ground.
Earlier this week, anti-terrorism forces penetrated the eastern border of the connector last major Iraqi city under the control of the “Islamic state.”
But since then, it has made little progress deep into the city.
It remains the western side of Mosul, open to a large extent on the vast desert leading to Syria, which is still fighters “Islamic state” can be accessed in small numbers.
He informed the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the “Islamic state” followers earlier in the day that it does not fall in “all-out war” against the forces fighting organization.
Reports said that the militant group blew up a bridge between the two parts of the city to prevent its fighters from the abandonment of the eastern neighborhoods.