Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces recaptured on Monday two of the last few districts in eastern Mosul that remain under Islamic State control.
Joint operations commander in Nineveh, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, said in a statement that the forces recaptured the districts of al-Kindi and Qayrawan north of the eastern section of Mosul.
Federal Police said earlier Monday they invaded al-Shorta neighborhood.
Iraq’s military statements said government joint forces had retaken 80 districts in the city’s eastern section, accounting for 90 percent of neighborhoods at that region.
The recent recapture of Mosul University campus, an outstanding Islamic State bastion, had made a remarkable impetus to the advancement of the forces. The university overlooks some of the remaining districts on the targets list.
An Iraqi army lieutenant, Haider al-Sedi, was quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying that Iraqi forces became close to announcing the recapture of the whole eastern region. He added that the remaining districts within IS control in that region were within the forces’ firing reach, and only contain a few militants after many had fled.
Iraqi forces, backed by US-led advisors and fighter jets, as well as popular militias, launched operations to retake Mosul last October. The conflict has forced nearly 178.000 civilians to flee homes.