DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:40 A.M.) – With three more residential areas liberated in Iraq’s second largest city, an estimated 100 ISIS insurgents have established a last defensive line in the northeastern interior sector of the Old City.
The latest mopping-up operations in Mosul city have seen the Rapid Response Division, Counter Terrorism Units, 9th Division and Iraqi Federal Police impose full control over the Bab Al-Saray, Al-Khatonyia and Al-Towalib quarters.
In total, some 600 Islamic State fighters have been killed thus far during the month-long battle for the Old City, a source informed Al-Masdar News.
Around 90% of the Old City neighborhood has been restored under army control while government forces have the Islamic State contained along a 150-meter wide corridor that runs adjacent to the Tigris River. Loudspeakers are calling on the ISIS garrison to surrender or face certain death.
Meanwhile, Amaq Agency claimed several Iraqi officers were killed in the Old City and released two more videos showing ISIS combattants in action:
The looming liberation of Mosul has been hampered by tens of thousands of civilians escaping the Old City through humanitarian corridors, thereby preventing the Iraqi Armed Forces from using maximum force over fears of collateral damage.
With airstrikes nevertheless pummeling the remaining ISIS hideouts, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is expected to announce the full capture of Mosul city within the next 48 hours.