Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Photos circulated by social networks users have shown Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces in Mosul having run into what seems to be unfinished fighter jets which Islamic State militants were presumably preparing to use against security forces in the city.
On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the basic military plan for Mosul’s liberation had been completed “in most combat axes” with the recapture of central Mosul, adding that operations continue to liberate the Ghabat and Presidential Palaces area besides “a few other regions” in the north of the city.
Commanders from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces said in a press conference on the same day they had retaken all districts assigned to them in eastern Mosul, killing 3300 militants since operations launched in October 2016.
After getting finished with eastern Mosul, Iraqi generals plan to advance to the western region of the city beyond the Tigris River, where Islamic State still predominates a majority of territory.
The campaign to retake Mosul has entered its third month, with Iraqi government forces backed by U.S.-led international coalition fighter jets as well as popular militias.
IS militants have reportedly began retreating to their western Mosul strongholds, and security commanders said they had seized several offices containing documents and communication systems used by the extremist group in its battles.
Earlier reports had shown forces seizing fake tanks deployed by the group as a deceptive tactic.