ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Iraqi Special Forces on Monday made more advancements inside the city of Mosul on the 42nd day of the operation to liberate the last Islamic State (IS)-stronghold in Iraq.
Major General Fadhil Barwari, the head of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Bureau, told Kurdistan24 the Iraqi security forces were only 4.5 kilometers away from the Tigris River on the left side of Mosul city.
Barwari added al-Khadhra apartments at the gate of Mosul city from the east had been liberated by the Iraqi Special Forces.
Moreover, the Iraqi forces had faced heavy resistance from IS insurgents in that area since the beginning of the Mosul liberation operation.
“We surrounded the area and besieged IS extremists due to their resistance with snipers,” Barwari told Kurdistan24.
“Therefore, we liberated all the surrounding areas first but left al-Khadhra area until it was fully liberated today [Monday],” he continued.
The Kurdish Commander revealed 48 IS corpses, including foreigners, were left in the apartments, adding “those fighters fought to the death and hampered the advancement of our forces.”
The state-owned Iraqiya TV revealed the Special Forces had entered four new neighborhoods in Mosul while searching and clearing areas from IS in 20 other neighborhoods was ongoing.
Colonel John Dorrian, the spokesperson for the US-led coalition, stated 25 percent of Mosul city previously under IS’ control had been liberated by the Iraqi forces who inflicted huge losses among the extremists.
Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces launched the military operation to retake the city of Mosul from IS on Oct. 17.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany