Several senior ISIS commanders escape Mosul City in Northern Iraq
The sources said that the recent devastating advances of the Iraqi Army troops in the Western part of Mosul and liberating most of the city caused a large number of ISIL terrorist, including 16 local commanders, to leave their positions in Western Mosul for the terrorist-held town of Tal Afar.
The sources pointed out that after the full liberation of the regions of 17 Tamouz and al-Eqtesadiyeen in the Western part of Mosul, there has remained only four neighborhoods under the control of ISIL.
Four neighborhoods of al-Mosul al-Qadimiyeh (Old City), al-Zanjabili, al-Shefa and Bab al-Sanjar are still under ISIL’s control.
In relevant developments in Nineveh province on Sunday, the Iraqi volunteer forces liberated several villages in Qairawan region and blocked an ISIL’s supply route, West of Mosul.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, Hashd al-Shaabi, said in a statement that the troops retook villages of al-Mesabas, al-Niliya, Sadet Zawbaa and Thara al-Owaiset in South of Qairawan. “Huge losses in lives and equipments were inflicted on the enemy,” Iraqi News reported.
“The troops cut off an ISIL supply route that extends between al-Hatmiya and Tal Qasab, North of Qairawan,” according to the statement.
Many villages in Qairawan region, a main ISIL bastion which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, have been freed since the troops launched an offensive on May 12 to free the region. Last week the troops announced liberated of Sahl Sinjar airbase, located south of Qairawan, in addition to cutting off a main supply route between the freed Tal Banat village and Qairawan.
The Eastern side of Mosul was recaptured in January following three months of battles. Another offensive was launched in February to recapture the Western flank of the city.
Last week, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, the military spokesperson said 89.5 percent of western Mosul was liberated with only a few districts remaining under the militants’ control.
Iraqi commanders predict recapturing the remaining parts of the city this month.