Iraqi Forces kill ISIS’s explosives official near Mosul’s Old City
Security sources said that troops killed Abu Furqan al-Maswseli along with 15 others at a house in al-Shifa district, Shafaq News reported.
The Iraqi command said earlier this week its forces had consummated the recapture of al-Shifa, a home to major health and medical facilities, thus putting the medieval Old City under full siege.
Also on Thursday, Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat said his forces killed 43 ISIL members in Ras al-Jada and Bab al-Beed in the old city, and destroyed five booby-trapped vehicles.
Iraqi troops have advanced on Wednesday closer to the Grand Nuri al-Kabir Mosque, where ISIL’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the group’s rule in 2014.
ISIL members blew up the mosque’s ancient minaret on Wednesday as troops advanced, a move which the Iraqi command said signalled an imminent defeat to the extremist group.
A few hundred militants are thought to remain inside the Old City, but are holding at least 100,000 civilians who are shot dead or caught and executed while trying to flee the neighborhood.