As Iraqi troops near, ISIS leaves death and destruction in Mosul

As Iraqi troops near, ISIS leaves death and destruction in Mosul

As Iraqi troops near, ISIS leaves death and destruction in Mosul

Iraqi forces yesterday pushed towards the riverside of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture the de facto capital of terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Iraq's Prime Minister predicted victory soon.

The US-trained Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS), the Army's 16th Brigade, and the Federal police have cleared half of the old city, the War Media Cell stated on Wednesday night.

Those residents who have escaped the Old City say numerous civilians trapped behind Islamic State lines - put at 50,000 by the Iraqi military - are in a desperate situation with little food, water or medicines. It said last week that it was preparing to storm the city center where less than 200 Daesh militants still remain.

Earlier this month, IS launched a large-scale counterattack in Mosul that underscored the extremist group's resilience in the city despite months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces backed by US air power.

The attacks also underscore the security threat Daesh will likely pose long after the Takfiri group is routed from all of Mosul and other territories it holds in Iraq.

"In a few days our forces will reach Corniche and bring the battle to its conclusion", said Jawdat. ISIS uses vehicle bombs as well as snipers to hamper the advances of the Iraqi army.

Ham radio operators test emergency communications
They typically will use electrical power from generators, wind power, or solar power. One member recalls a disaster when demonstrations like this one became reality.

The militants last week destroyed the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque and its leaning minaret from which their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate spanning parts of Iraq and Syria three years ago.

A US-led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.

Iraqi troops Monday captured the Al-Faruq quarter, facing the mosque, the military said.

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.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Friday, Iraq's federal police chief voiced concerns over Daesh terrorists' use of Mosul residents as human shields.

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