Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi command said Friday that government forces recaptured an area in western Mosul as they advanced near the last Islamic State strongholds in the region.
The Joint Operations Command said the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service recaptured the Rawshan area in northwestern Mosul, raising Iraqi flags at the area.
The development comes as Iraqi forces moved through a new front of operations targeting the IS-held, strategic Old City, having besieged the area futilely for weeks.
Government troops have recaptured Iktisadiyeen and al-Rifaie districts, two of a handful of targets on the way to the Old City.
On Tuesday, a JOC spokesman said Iraqi forces control 89.5 percent of territories in western Mosul, and that troops had killed more than 16000 Islamic State militants since the campaign to retake the city launched in October.
Government forces retook eastern Mosul in January and aimed at the western side of the city starting February 19th.
Some generals were quoted predicting to liberate the city from militants before the end of this month.