Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi security command leading operations against Islamic State in Mosul has said the battle in the west of the city was concluded on the military level.
A spokesperson of the Joint Operations Command, Yahia Rasoul, was quoted by Alghad Press Monday saying that “western Mosul is done on the military level”, adding that “what is left to do is to purge the remaining areas”.
The remaining Islamic State members in the western side of Mosul are “gangs remnants that are targeted accurately by security forces”. He repeated accusations that the group continued to use civilians as human shields to hold off advancements by security forces.
Iraqi army and police forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and proceed mid February towards the west to retake the region and end IS presence in Iraq’s second largest city.
Iraqi and coalition commanders had predicted battles in the west to see victory within six months, and have reiterated that IS combat capabilities continued to wane despite fierce resistance its fighters showed.
The conflict in Mosul has displaced at least 433.000 since October, with more than 200.000 having left the western area alone.