Iraqi forces gain more ground against Daesh in west Mosul

The fresh gain is part of a new push which Iraqi forces launched last week in northwestern Mosul that has already wrested back several neighbourhoods from Daesh.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Iraqi forces take position in the northwestern Al-Haramat neighbourhood of Mosul on May 8, 2017.

Iraqi forces announced on Tuesday they had retaken yet another neighbourhood of western Mosul, tightening the noose around Daesh in the Old City.

Forces from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service "liberated the northern industrial area on the western side," the Joint Operations Command (JOC) coordinating the war against Daesh in Iraq said.

The JOC said in its statement that the forces "raised the Iraqi flag after inflicting losses to the enemy."

The fresh gain is part of a new push which Iraqi forces launched last week in northwestern Mosul that has already wrested back several neighbourhoods from Daesh.

After opening up the new front, Iraqi forces say the battle for Mosul is now in its final phase.

On Monday, Iraqi forces retook full control of Al-Haramat, a large neighbourhood on the edge of the city.


Displaced Iraqis flee from the front line in the northwest of Mosul, Iraq, May 9, 2017. (Reuters)

The latest operations make it harder than ever to flee for the few hundred Daesh militants estimated to still be in Mosul.

The militants, who have been defending their last major bastion in the country for more than six months, have offered limited resistance in recent days, apparently regrouping in the Old City for a last stand.

Daesh only controls a handful of neighbourhoods around the Old City, where at least 250,000 civilians remain trapped and living in dire conditions, according to aid officials and rights groups.

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