Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A senior Iraqi officer has declared the remaining districts that are still under Islamic State control in Mosul’s Old City.
“The remaining regions for the Federal Police troops to free from IS militants in the Old City include al-Nujeifi, al-Sarai and parts of Lakash and Bab Jadid,” Lt.Gen.Shaker Jawdat, chief of Federal Police, told Sputnik on Saturday.
The four regions, according to Jawdat, are still held by IS. Once liberated, Federal Police will announce accomplishing its goals there.
In a press release, Jawdat revealed death of dozens of militants as his troops advanced to liberate al-Shifa district, a main district in north of Old City.
Battles in al-Shifa district have been ongoing against IS fighters since beginning of June.
On Friday, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service retook Shaarin market, Nabi Girgis and Abd Khoub in the Old City. The forces, according to JOC, consummated the recapture the of al-Farouq area, which falls adjacent to the Nuri al-Kabir Mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the group’s rule over Iraq in 2014.
The final liberation of Mosul, according to CTS Commander Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, could be achieved within a few days. Only between 200 and 300 IS fighters were remaining in the city,