Iraqi forces have recaptured more areas in the heart of Mosul’s Old City as they are entering the final stages of a months-long military offensive to retake the country’s second largest city from the Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah stated on Sunday that Iraqi Federal Police forces had liberated the Makawi area of the Old City, and hoisted the national Iraqi flag over a cluster of buildings there, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.
Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Shaker Jawdat also said security forces had completely retaken Bilal al-Habashi Mosque in Bab al-Jadid neighborhood of Mosul’s Old City.
He noted that Federal Police forces were advancing from three sides, and were pursuing Daesh terrorists in the few remaining militant-held areas of the Old City.
Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Unitshave made sweeping gains against Daesh since launching the Mosul operation on October 17, 2016.