Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have freed al-Nasr district in western Mosul, Nineveh Operations declared.
In a statement on Thursday, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah said “The army’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) liberated al-Nasr district in the western side of Mosul before raising the Iraqi flag on its buildings.”
Yarallah indicated inflicting losses in lives and property on the Islamic State.
Earlier on Thursday, the Joint Operations Command declared recapturing al-Thawra district in the west of the city, ending intense encounters with Islamic State militants that started on Friday. The announcement came hours after forces recaptured al-Thawra al-Oula, a first section of the neighborhood.
On Wednesday, Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response forces announced recapturing 30 percent of the Old City. Only six districts in western Mosul are still held by Islamic State as Iraqi troops liberated most of the districts, Counter-Terrorism Service declared on the same day.
Previously,The Joint Operations Command previously said IS militants were only in control over 6.8 percent of territory of Iraq and that government troops were controlling 60 percent of the western side of Mosul.
Iraqi forces took over the eastern side of Mosul in January after three months of fighting with Islamic State. A new offensive was launched in February to retake the western region.