Under the guise of poor weather, ISIS militants unleashed a massive counter-attack in residential neighborhoods of western Mosul on Saturday.
According to a military source close to Al-Masdar News, upwards of nine ISIS suicide bombers blew up near army positions held primarily by the Iraqi Federal Police and Rapid Response Units.
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Nevertheless, the jihadist offensive was largely repelled as Islamic State fighters were unable to keep control of several residential areas they briefly overran.
Yesterday, the Iraqi Armed Forces officially secured the Wadi Hajar district in southwestern Mosul after a week-long battle.
In total, ISIS sustained at least 30 casualties by midday on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the US Air Force claimed it had killed seven ‘high-ranking ISIS commanders’ on Friday due to an airstrike on Al-Najjar Mosque in the northwestern part of the city:
– Abu Khalid (Saudi national).
– Sabah al-‘Anzhi (Saudi national).
– Abu ‘Azzam (Saudi national).
– Abu Hijab (Saudi national).
– Abu Siyah (Jordanian national).
– Abu Taybah (Jordanian national).
– Abu Abdul-Rahman Al-Ansari (Saudi national, commander of Jund al-Khalifa, ISIS’ elite assault troops).