Iraqi forces on the threshold of the final victory in Mosul


Published: 09/07/2017
Baghdad: «Gulf», agencies:

Iraqi forces resumed new areas in the old city west of Mosul, including the brick door and the market and the street and Najafi Street, while the Joint Operations Command yesterday issued a clarification on the announcement of the liberation of the Old City, stressing that the remaining few meters to be fully liberated, pointing out that the Iraqi forces continue in And the rest of the fighters of the organization «Daash» announced that they will fight to death in the area of ​​the field, the last foothold in the city, while killing 12 terrorists, including an Arab leader nationality in three strikes targeted Rattan for development In the district of Tal Afar.
“Our forces control the old city of Mosul,” said Brigadier General Yehia Rasool, a spokesman for the command. “Our forces have foiled a terrorist attempt,” he said, urging the escape from the Old City across the Tigris River. “Thirty-five terrorists were killed and six others were arrested who attempted to infiltrate from the right to left coast after escaping from the Old City,” the military information cell of the command said. “The Iraqi forces continue to advance, leaving only a few dozen meters to reach the bank of the river from the west, and control of the rest of the old city is being controlled,” he said.
“The Federal Police Forces have completely liberated the brick door, the market of Al-Sagha and Al-Najafi Street, and thus have completed the tasks assigned to them in the Old City and the right coast of Mosul,” the military information cell said in a statement. Iraqi television said yesterday that the security forces expect to regain full control of the city of Mosul within hours in light of the collapse of the defenses of the «Daash». It was reported that air strikes and artillery shells targeted the last bastion of militants in the city and that black smoke was rising above it. “It’s the battle of the last few meters … and we announce the final victory,” he said, quoting his correspondents, who work among security forces fighting the organization in the old city. Television said an army spokesman said the organization’s defenses were collapsing. Iraqi commanders say militants are fighting for every meter with snipers, grenades and suicide bombers, forcing security forces to fight from house to house in a maze of crowded, narrow alleys.
Meanwhile, security sources said the remaining Daqish fighters had declared they would fight to death in the Maidan area on the banks of the Tigris River, their last foothold in the Old City against US-backed Iraqi forces.
On the other hand, a local source in the province of Nineveh, yesterday, said that «three air strikes targeted a convoy of a leading Arab-Arab nationality in the outskirts of Tall Afar, west of Mosul, killing 12 gunmen, including the official Court of Justice». An Iraqi security source said that “warplanes attacked the area of ​​Dukri on the border with Syria and the Sinjar district,” adding that “the identity of the attack aircraft and the reasons for targeting the area has not yet been identified,” and “the size of the losses left by The shelling has not been known yet. “

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