Completion of preparations to break into the old neighborhoods of Mosul

Mustafa al-Obeidi

May 27, 2017

Mosul: The Iraqi forces completed on Friday preparations for the storming of the neighborhoods of Zanjili and the first health and healing in the old Mosul after being cordoned off from all sides, while dozens of civilians fled before the start of the battle of decisiveness. .
Troops of the 9th Armored Division and its counterterrorism forces (the Iraqi Army), the Rapid Response Force (of the Ministry of the Interior), the Federal Police,
A security source said in remarks to the channel «NRT» Arab, «the presence of US ground forces in the vicinity of the old areas», adding that «smart weapons have reached to be used in those battles».
He added that «the security leaders are waiting for the evacuation of civilians from that area so that they can break into the lowest human losses».
He added that “the US leadership banned the use of heavy weapons such as attacks, missiles and air strikes on the old areas such as the field and Farouk and Zukarj and the raft because of the feet of buildings and houses that can not be used heavy weapons when they stormed.
The military information cell of the Iraqi forces, announced the call for the people of Zanjili neighborhoods and health and the first door and Sinjar and healing and Farouq and head of the field and the field and the door of bricks and a new door, to leave the old area immediately, and move to safe passages.
The statement said that “the armed forces have completed the destruction of the enemy Daashi throughout the areas of the right coast, and the remaining Shatram trying to tamper with the lives of civilians in your areas and the use of human shields.
“To complete the liberation of the rest of the areas, we ask all of you to go out and go immediately to the safe corridors that we will determine for you on the ground, and you will find you waiting for guides, protectors and wheels to reach safe places.”
Sources in Mosul told Al-Quds Al-Arabi that most of the people on the right side were leaving the city, despite possible dangers, in response to the call by Iraqi forces.
Nineveh MP Mohammed al-Abed Rabbo told al-Quds al-Arabi that he was present in the liberated part of Ayman al-Mosul and his participation in receiving hundreds of people trapped daily, who managed to flee the city towards the liberated areas.
He pointed out that the risk when people try to get out of western Mosul is necessary, especially since their survival is not free of dangers either by the elements of the state organization who are besieging them and ill-treating them or because of the next battle to resolve the liberation of the city, stressing that there are narrow alleys through which Towards safe passages prepared by the army to leave the besieged population.
According to the MP, «resolve the battle of Mosul will not take more than ten days from the start», hoping that «comes next Eid al-Fitr has been removed from the people of Mosul the nightmare of the state».
For his part, Captain Jabbar Hassan, said that «dozens of civilians fled yesterday night until yesterday morning from the outskirts of the areas of the old city to areas under the control of the Iraqi forces». He pointed out that «the federal police forces and the fight against terrorism opened several safe outlets for the exit of civilians».
He pointed out that «the residents informed the security forces that the elements of Dahedh detain dozens of civilians inside the houses and do not allow them to leave».
He explained that «the military operation may begin within the next few hours». Lieutenant Colonel Samir Daoud al-Mohsen, from the 9th Army Division, said that “elements in the neighborhoods of Al-Shifa, al-Zaynili and Al-Zanigali are not preparing for escape. We have information that most of the fighters in Da’sh are Iraqis.” Muhsin predicted that most of the fighters would resort to throwing up their weapons and trying to escape with the displaced.
He explained that «the Iraqi forces are planning to storm the three neighborhoods at the same time and a lightning military operation in conjunction with the storming of the remaining neighborhoods of the Old City and the announcement of Mosul completely liberated from the control of Dahesh».
Ali al-Badrani, a resident of liberated areas in Mosul, said in a telephone conversation with Al-Quds Al-Arabi that “there are a lot of corridors within the narrow streets and neighborhoods of the old city where residents can escape to safe areas.”
He said that “the besieged families accept to leave the besieged city despite the dangers and harsh measures imposed by the organization against the fugitives.” He said that “the family of one of his relatives, who are women, left the city at night by swimming across the Tigris River and managed to reach the liberated left side, Another family of his relatives took part in a minefield planted by the organization on the roads towards liberated areas and exploded to kill most of the family members while others were injured.
The joint Iraqi forces, supported by the International Coalition, began the battle to liberate the right side of Mosul on February 19, 2017, and managed to liberate more than 90 percent of its neighborhoods, leaving only the old city and some of the surrounding neighborhoods.
In the context, announced the police command of the province of Nineveh, decisions and recommendations to organize things in the restored areas in order to miss the opportunity of the elements of the «state» to exploit any opportunity to infiltrate those areas.
Ninewa police chief Brigadier Wathiq al-Hamdani said in a statement that “Nineveh police issued a circular to the concerned parties not to wear women’s niqab in commercial markets, public roads and government departments, as well as to prevent motorcycles in the restored areas after 6 pm.
He pointed out that «the new instructions and recommendations of the leadership of the Nineveh police also include the identification of a number of general roads for the transport of vehicles and trucks load from and to the areas restored from the province of Nineveh».
He pointed out that these instructions «come to miss the opportunity for the gunmen of the state organization in the case of exploitation of the uniforms of black women and their entry into areas populated by marauding or government departments». Meanwhile, Iraqi forces found a mass grave containing dozens of deaths of the state organization in Anbar province, western Iraq. According to a statement issued by the military intelligence, “the detachments of the Directorate of Military Intelligence in the 38th Brigade, 10th Division, found a cemetery containing 40 bodies of sympathetic elements in the area of ​​popali in Anbar province.” By the end of 2015, Iraqi security forces had recovered the city of Ramadi from the grip of the state, while some western areas of Anbar remained under the control of the organization.


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