DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 A.M.) – Given the current rate of advance, the battle for Mosul is expected to be over within a couple of weeks, culminating in an excruciating defeat for the Islamic State.
On Monday, the Iraqi Army was able to impose full control over the Najjar neighborhood and wipe out a couple of ISIS sniper nests on the western bank of the Tigris River.
Effectively, government troops can now focus their attention on the last three ISIS-held districts in the heart of Mosul; namely the so-called Old City, Al-Zinjili and Al-Shafaa neighborhoods.
Surrounding this ISIS pocket are the Iraqi Federal Police on the southern axis, Rapid Response Division on its western axis and elements of the Counter Terrorism Units on the northern axis. Some troops of the 9th Division are also still deployed inside the city, military sources inform Al-Masdar News.
Meanwhile, more ready-made ISIS car bombs were seized in the newly liberated areas while hundreds of sappers continue to do their dangerous demining task throughout Iraq’s second largest city.
Less than 500 ISIS fighters are said to have survived the Iraqi onslaught. However, these insurgents have now fortified the Old City in a desperate bid to keep hold of the highly symbolic Al-Nouri mosque, the site where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi established his very own caliphate back in 2014.