Federal police chief, Raed Shakir Jawdat
Baghdad – (IraqiNews.com) Eighteen Islamic State militants were killed on Thursday while the number of those arrested reached 100 as Iraqi security forces proceed with clearing Mosul villages from the group.
Raed Shaker Jawdat, commander of the Iraqi federal police, said in a statement that an elite force killed 18 ISIS fighters west of Hammam al-Alil, a region recaptured last week.
Meanwhile, Abdul Gani al-Assadi, commander of Iraq’s anti-terrorism apparatus, told All Iraq News website that the number of ISIS militants arrested has reached 100.
“Anti-terrorism forces have managed to achieve all their important targets in the city’s western coast, and the districts left in that region are less burdensome,” said al-Assadi, adding that there are three bridges to the eastern coast of Mosul which militants will use to flee the battles.
Last week, the US-led coalition said 1363 ISIS militants were killed since the start of battles for Mosul. On Tuesday, the joint forces said in a press conference Iraqi and international forces had killed more than 1300 militants on the southern axis of Mosul operations.