Iraqi army announces liberation of 54 neighbourhoods in Mosul, death of over 300 ISIS militants


Iraqi forces fire a self-propelled howitzer towards ISIS-held village near Mosul. File photo

ARA News

The Iraqi Army’s Nineveh Operations Chamber announced on Tuesday the liberation of 54 neighbourhoods in Mosul since February.

“Our forces have liberated 54 neighbourhoods in the right side of Mosul city since February 2017,” the Nineveh Operations Chamber said in a statement.

Mosul is separated by the Tigris River, making the left bank on the eastern side as the left side while the right bank on the western side as the right side.

Furthermore, at least 30 prisoners were freed from ISIS detention centres in the war-ton city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.

Colonel Najm al-Jabouri of the Nineveh Operations Chamber confirmed that more than 300 Islamic State’s (ISIS) militant fighters were killed in the recent clashes in Mosul city.

The Iraqi military official added that the majority of the remaining ISIS militants in Mosul are foreign jihadists.

“Most of those currently fighting for ISIS in Mosul are foreign militants. Only a small number of local terrorists are still defending ISIS holdouts in Western Mosul,” al-Jabouri said on Tuesday.

Only a couple of ISIS-controlled neighborhoods are left after 210 days since the start of operation to liberate the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

Iraqi official sources say more than 90 percent of Mosul is liberated. Mosul’s left side is completely liberated while more than 80 percent from the right is ISIS-free.

Reporting by: Salar Qassim | Source: ARA News

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