29 June 2017
After fierce fighting continued for six hours with the unprecedented support of American and French fighter jets, the Iraqi forces succeeded in breaking into the most important square in the city of Mosul , which includes Al-Nuri Mosque and Manara Hdbaa, where the stronghold of the first “Daqash” and the place announced by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leader The organization of its alleged succession to Iraq and Syria.
The forces of the counterterrorism forces, the Iraqi army and the federal police have deployed a force of about 5,000 troops to the Sarj al-Banna area, which includes the Nuri Mosque and the Al-Hadba Mosque in the old Mosul on the right-hand coast of Mosul.
More than 30 suicide attacks have been carried out in a desperate attempt to stop the advance of the joint Iraqi forces, according to Col. Ahmed Abdul Rahman, the commander of the Iraqi army’s northern axis, who said the removal of the mosque and lighthouse represents the end of the real caliphate.
He added that the Iraqi forces are currently combing and redeployment, after the withdrawal of the remaining members of the “Daash” to neighboring areas in the alleys and narrow branches, in anticipation of a counter-attack, trying to restore the mosque and the lighthouse.
More than 30 suicide attacks have been recorded for the organization, in a desperate attempt to stop the advance of the joint Iraqi forces
The colonel explained that a rapid collapse occurred for members of the organization from all sides, by aerial bombardment that facilitated the mission in the last two hours of the attack, pointing out that the battle is nearing completion and the announcement of the liberation of the entire city very soon.
Meanwhile, local sources familiar with the “New Arab”, said that dozens of civilians were killed during the battles of the past hours, which preceded the liberation of the mosque Nuri and Manara Hdba.
According to sources inside Mosul, at least 80 civilians were killed in the fighting, most of them children and women, more than half of whom were killed by aerial bombardments.
In his turn, the commander of operations “coming to Nineveh” that his forces recovered, on Thursday morning, the site of the Mosque of Nuri and the lighthouse of humpback in the area of Serj Banna from the grip of the “Daash” in the right coast of the city of Mosul.
“The forces of the anti-terrorism apparatus took control of the al-Nuri Mosque and the humpback in al-Serj Banna” in the old city, said Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Amir Rashid Yaarallah in a statement received by the new Arab.
Militants blew up the mosque and its historic minaret last week, sparking widespread international condemnation.
A member of the Council of Mosul (local government), Ahmed al-Hamdani, suggested that the removal of Nuri and humpback from the grip of “Dahesh” has a very negative impact on the morale of the organization.
He explained in connection with the “new Arab”, that “the symbol of the mosque for the fighters of the organization is considered a symbolic symbol of the leader of the same organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, so I think that the achievement will not be at the expense of Iraq or Mosul, but also Syria, other countries”.