Iraqi Forces Take Complete Control of East Mosul

تم نشره في Mon 23 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM
  • A military vehicle of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces is seen at the site of car bomb attack during a battle with Islamic State militants in Andalus neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq, January 17, 2017. - (REUTERS)

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces have captured all of eastern Mosul, dislodging ISIS militants from the last district they held east of the Tigris River, 100 days after the start of the US-backed campaign, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Mosul is ISIS's last major city stronghold in Iraq.

"The armed forces succeeded in liberating the left bank of the city of Mosul completely, after inflicting heavy losses in lives and equipment to the enemy," the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Mopping up operations were underway to clear a remaining pocket inside Rashidiya, a northeaster suburb of Mosul, said military spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool in a statement.

Iraqi forces launched a campaign on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul from the hard-line Sunni group, which captured the city in 2014, declaring from its Grand Mosque a "caliphate" that also spanned parts of Syria, ruled by its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

A US-led coalition is providing air and ground support to the Iraqi forces.

The western side of Mosul could prove more complicated to take than the eastern as it has many narrow streets that tanks and other large armoured vehicles cannot pass through.