IS members killed as troops approach toward Nuri mosque in Mosul’s Old City

The Great Mosque of al-Nuri.


Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police Command has declared killing dozens of Islamic State militants, as the troops advanced by 300 meters toward the Grand Nuri mosque in Mosul’s Old City.

“Our troops in the Old City launched limited attacks and approached by 300 meters toward Nuri mosque from Qadhib al-Ban side,” Lt.Gen. Shaker Jawdat, chief of Federal Police, said in statements on Thursday.

The Grand Nuri al-Kabir Mosque is the place at which Islamic State’s supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his famous sermon in 2014 declaring the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

The Grand Nuri al-Kabir mosque in western Mosul (Google Maps)

The forces, according to Jawdat, “killed dozens of terrorists including the leader abu Faisal al-Jabouri and destroyed eight booby-trapped motorbikes and three other vehicles in al-Farouq region.”

“Five passageways were combed in Bab al-Jedid to be used for evacuation of civilians,” he added.

In February, Iraqi government forces, backed by the international coalition led by the U.S. and the paramilitary forces, launched an offensive to retake western Mosul. The eastern side of the city was recaptured in January after three months of battles that started in October.

Earlier this month, Iraqi troops announced that Islamic State members were only in control over less than seven percent of territory in Iraq.

The U.S.-led coalition later estimated the total number of the remaining militants at less than 1000 fighters in the city.


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  1. I’m still surprised that with tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters………. ISIS can still hold them off at will. I do hope that they will make more head way in the coming weeks! This needs to end as the longer ISIS dominates it only emboldens them more both in Iraq and overseas!

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