IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push
IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push
29 June, 2017, 09:01
Assadi said the attempt to take over the neighborhoods had failed and the militants were now besieged in one or two pockets of Hay al-Tanak.
Iraqi policeman spray paint a house exterior to warn that it is booby trapped during fighting against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, June 26, 2017.
"They knew that the battle had been decided in favor of the Iraqi forces and they knew that we were going to enter the mosque in only a few hours", said Iraqi special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, adding that his troops were only 50 meters (yards) from the mosque site.
A US-led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.
But, emblematic of its own impending destruction, Dillon said, on June 21 ISIS destroyed the historic Great Mosque of al-Nuri from which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in July 2014.
"The responsibility of this devastation is laid firmly at the doorstep of ISIS, and we continue to support our Iraqi partners as they bring these terrorists to justice".
The army recaptured eastern Mosul in January and is now fighting to retake control of the western part of the city.
The troops managed to free the neighborhood located in the northwestern part of the old city, after days of back-and-forth battles, while an army force continued street-to-street battles in the adjacent al-Mashahda neighborhood.
The civilians are trapped in crumbling old houses in harrowing conditions, with little food, water or medicines, according to those who have escaped.
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