DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – After a week-long hiatus to evacuate civilians through humanitarian corridors, the Iraqi Armed Forces resumed their military operations around the last three ISIS-held neighborhoods in Mosul.

Led by the Rapid Response Division, 9th Division and Counter Terrorism Units, government forces finally managed to impose full control over the Al-Zinjili neighborhood amid deadly door-to-door combat and a ferocious battle with ISIS insurgents on Saturday.

Advancing southwards along the Tigris River, the Iraqi Army also took control of roughly 75% of the Al-Shafaa district which neighbors the largely ISIS-held Old City, a densely populated residential area which has been held in check by the Iraqi Federal Police for months.

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With barely two suburbs under Islamic State control, the battle for Iraq’s second largest city is expected to come to an end within a fortnight. Nevertheless, a couple hundred exhausted jihadist fighters appear determined to fight to the bitter end.

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