On Friday evening, seasoned assault troops of the Iraqi Army achieved a vital breakthrough as their forces infiltrated two districts held by ISIS militants in Mosul city.
Spreading out from the Camp Ghazlani and Mosul International Airport, the Iraqi Army proceeded to storm the Ma’mun and Jawsaq districts in the southwestern part of the city.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi ‘Popular Mobilization Units’ (PMU) recaptured the villages of Tal Zalat, Um Masayid, and Al-Zaytoun in a rural region southwest of Mosul. The latter advance was completed on Friday morning.
In related news, Islamic State fighters around Mosul and Tal Afar are now deploying armed drones to combat the advancing government forces. Earlier today, one pinpoint drone strike took out a PMU humvee loaded with ammunition.
Following a large-scale offensive that began last October, the Iraqi Armed Forces control the entire eastern part of Mosul while hostile jihadist fighters across the city’s Tigris River still control many residential neighborhoods of their own.