Only six districts still held by IS in western Mosul: CTS Chief

Iraqi troops raise the Iraqi flag on a liberated area in Mosul


Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Only six districts in western Mosul are still held by Islamic State as Iraqi troops liberated most of the districts, according to a senior military official.

The state-run AlSabah newspaper quoted Lieutenant-General Talib Shaghati, head of the Counter Terrorism Services (CTS), on Tuesday as saying that “the military troops keep going steadily to liberate the remaining small area of western Mosul in order to declare the city as fully-liberated one. 32 out of a total of 38 districts were purged, in addition to the strategic airport of Mosul and Ghozlani military camp.”

Earlier on the day, CTS declared the troops advance in districts of al-Thawra and al-Tanak.

The Joint Operations Command previously announced that 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.

In related news, the War Media Cell reported that airstrikes launched by Iraqi military drones destroyed IS fuel sources, west of Mosul.

In a statement, the media service said “IS drones launched airstrike that destroyed stores used by IS militants as fuel station in Baaj town.

Iraqi troops took over eastern Mosul in January and launched a new offensive to take the western region in February.


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