BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:05 A.M.) – Under the cover of darkness, a SWAT team of the Iraqi Armed Forces infiltrated the Palestine Hotel in the southern sector of the Old City neighborhood and neutralized a group ISIS militants, some of whom were sleeping.
The night-time operation was conducted around midnight by seasoned units of the Rapid Response Division. Palestine Hotel, sometimes called Assyria Hotel, overlooks the Tigris River.
Earlier today, Iraqi troops also took control of two districts in western Mosul despite a daily wave of ISIS suicide bombers lunging themselves at the advancing government forces.
Around 85% of Mosul has been liberated so far; nevertheless, an estimated 2,000 jihadists are still bogged down in the northwestern part of the city and are yet to surrender themselves.