Iraq forces hit stiff resistance in Mosul's Old City

Kristopher Drake
March 14, 2017

"Any of the fighters who are left in Mosul, they're going to die there", United States envoy to the anti-Isis coalition Brett McGurk told reporters on Sunday.

Iraqi coalition forces, supported by a US-led worldwide coalition, have succeeded in retaking the side of the city east of the River Tigris that cuts through it, and 30 per cent of west Mosul, after more than 100 days of bitter fighting.

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McGurk also announced that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Washington next week to hold discussions with US President Donald Trump on the further cooperation between two countries.

ISIS was pushed out of eastern Mosul by Iraqi forces in January.

"W$3 e are fighting an irregular enemy who hides among the citizens and uses tactics of booby-trapping, explosions and suicide bombers, and the operation is taking place with precision to preserve the lives of the citizens", Rasool said, according to the AFP.

"The Federal Police and Rapid Response units have stormed the neighbourhood of Bab al-Toub in the Old Quarter", a security source said.

In mid-February, Iraqi forces - backed by a US -led air coalition - began fresh operations aimed at dislodging Daesh terrorists from western Mosul.

Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake west Mosul - the most densely populated urban area still under IS control - on 19 February, pushing up from the south.

For weeks, Iraqi officials have sounded optimistic about the battle for Mosul, which is Iraq's second-largest city. He said forces had captured 17 out of 40 western districts. A mass grave was discovered over the weekend containing the remains of hundreds of "civilian prisoners" who were executed by ISIS gangs.

As an array of forces dismantle Daesh's self-proclaimed caliphate across Iraq and Syria, more evidence is emerging of the war crimes committed by the militants, who targeted Shia civilians, religious minorities as well as countless Sunnis opposed to their ideology and methods.

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