ISIS suicide bombers attack in waves as Iraqi Army liberates another district in Mosul
Iraqi military made new advances against ISIS terrorists in the city of Mosul to bring around 95% of Mosul city under the Iraqi Army control while ISIS insurgents remain bogged down in the Northwestern sector.
The Rapid Response Units and Iraqi Federal Police captured the Al-Harmat neighborhood in Western Mosul in a joint counter-insurgency operation, Al Masdar reported.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army continued to evacuate civilians from from the Musherifa district in Northwestern Mosul while a ferocious battle too place near the Al-Harmat area, resulting in the death of 38 ISIL fighters and destruction of 8 car bombs.
For the past month, the Iraqi Armed Forces have struggled to break through ISIL’ defensive line in the densely populated Old City neighborhood due to its narrow streets, seemingly favoring the insurgent type of urban warfare.
Effectively, the Iraqi commanders have refocused on the northwestern and western axis, steadily gaining ground and systematically reducing the ISIL pocket. In fact, government troops are storming the ’30th Tamouz neighborhood’.
In related news, units of the Iraqi Army’s 16th Division crossed the Tigris River after finishing operations against ISIL sleeper cells on the eastern bank of Mosul city.
Now, these contingents will join the 9th Division, Rapid Response Units, Federal Police and other army factions in the final phase of the battle for Mosul.