Iraqi forces seize Iron Bridge in battle for Mosul

Kristopher Drake
March 20, 2017

"It was street-by-street - now it's house-by-house", a member of the Iraqi Security Forces told Reuters. western Mosul has much narrower streets than the east, rendering some of the Iraqi's armored humvee's useless.

Near the Mosul Museum, Iraq forces used armoured vehicles and tanks to attack snipers pinning down troops clearing areas around the bridge.

So it is a matter of time right now before ISIS is totally defeated, but I do not want to understate the very hard fight that lies ahead and nobody can put a timeframe on how long will this take, but the Iraqi security forces will complete this mission.

Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat, the commander of the federal police, said that his forces had retaken the train station as well as a nearby bus station, both of which are located south-west of Mosul's Old City.

Taking Iron Bridge would effectively trap the remaining Daesh fighters inside the Old City.

A tank of Iraqi rapid response forces fires against Islamic State militants at the Bab al-Tob area in Mosul on Monday.

The Iron Bridge is one of three of five bridges still held by Isis in Mosul after others were destroyed by air strikes or by the militants themselves.

Displaced Iraqi people who fled from homes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, receive bread at the Hammam al-Alil camp, south of Mosul on Monday.

In mid-2014, when ISIS seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, the jihadist group took Mosul, once considered the terrorist group's de facto capital in Iraq, much like what Raqqa is to the jihadist group in Syria.astern Mosul fell to the anti-ISIS U.S. -backed offensive of almost 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and Iran-backed Shiite militias, among other fighters.

Tens of thousands of people have streamed out of west Mosul since February 25, and security forces are searching for IS jihadists trying to sneak out of the city among civilians.

The Federal Police and Rapid Response said at the weekend they had entered the old city.

"Daesh wanted us to move to their areas but we escaped when the army arrived", he said. "There has been a lot of shelling by Daesh", said Hamid Hadi, a teacher.

More than 300,000 Mosul residents have been displaced since the start of the campaign in October.

In practice, IS fighters may still be able to sneak in and out of the city in small numbers, but the lack of access to roads makes larger-scale movement and resupply more hard, if not impossible. It is by far the largest city the militants have held since their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself leader of a caliphate spanning Iraq and Syria from a mosque in Mosul in the summer of 2014.

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