Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) There are currently four to seven districts left to declare eastern Mosul free from Islamic State militants, Mosul mayor Hussein al-Hajem was quoted as saying in press statements as forces come closer to victory over the extremist group in half of the city.
Last October, Iraqi forces, backed by US-led advisers and fighter jets, as well as popular militias, launched operations to retake the city which fell to Islamic State militants in 2014. Iraqi generals said recently they became in control over 90 percent of the city’s eastern section and hope to move later to recapture the IS-held west.
Iraqi joint forces recaptured earlier TuesdayBab al-Shams, Ninawa al-Sharqiya and Souq al-Aghnam (cattle market) area in eastern Mosul.
Meanwhile, a local source in western Mosul said the eastern bank of the Tigris River, which divides Mosuk into two regions, has become littered with dead bodies of Islamic State fighters. The source said wounded fighters were carried aboard boats across the river, apparently fleeing to the group’s western strongholds, but died en route. “Water turned red due to the blood,” said the source quoted by Alsumaria News.
Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, who leads the Joint Operations Command’s battles in Nineveh, said in a press statement that Iraqi fighter jets destroyed on Tuesday eight booby-trapping workshops belonging to IS militants in the east and west of the city.