Iraqi Forces Reportedly Enter Western Mosul

24 February, 2017, 17:40 | Author: Eileen Guzman
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Counter-terrorism forces managed on Friday to fully control the Ghozlani army base, pushing deeper towards the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun, a military spokesman said.

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Iraqi forces on Friday managed to capture Mosul's worldwide airport from the Daesh terrorist group, according to a high-ranking Federal Police source.

The advances come days after Iraqi forces officially launched the operation to push IS out of Mosul's western half.

Clashes at Mosul's airport continued for hours, with IS militants hunkered down inside several airport buildings. Gen. Raid Shakir Jawdat told Iraqi state TV that his troops had control of "more than half" of the airport complex.

They "absolutely are contributing positively to the fight", he said, noting that the fighters were following the orders of the prime minister and battlefield commanders.

Iraqi forces backed by jets, drones and gunships attacked Mosul airport today, a key step in a renewed offensive against jihadists defending their stronghold on the city's west bank.

Iraqi commanders expect the battle in western Mosul to be more hard than the east, however, in part because tanks and armoured vehicles can not pass through narrow alleyways that crisscross the city's ancient western districts.

Social media accounts affiliated with the rebels uploaded videos and images on Wednesday said to have been taken after ISIS fighters left the city early on Thursday.

The war against ISIS is entering a tough new phase, as Iraqi fighters with growing US assistance push into western Mosul, warns the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend.

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One Iraqi special forces officer reported Islamic State fighters targeted Baghdad's fighters with a suicide vehicle bomb and dozens of bombs dropped from drones. "He wants to be as aggressive as possible, and I applaud that", Harward said of the ISIS strategy review.

"There are many injured still inside", he said. A few meters (yards) away a mortar fired from inside the city hit a nearby hill.

The Iraqi armed forces and their western backers this week downgraded their reckoning of the number of Isis fighters remaining in west Mosul to less than 3,000 and probably nearer 2,000.

According to Bayzani, there were many ISIS casualties in the battle, and a lot of the militant group's weaponry was destroyed.

Mosul fell to IS fighters in the summer of 2014.

"Some [U.S. troops] will be closer to the front than others... but it's Iraqis in the lead..."

Operations of Jihadist militant group ISIS takes a heavy blow on Thursday, Feb. 23, after losing strategic ground in Iraq.

On Friday, the terrorist group has suffered major military setbacks after Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army forces have taken control of all neighborhoods in Syria's Al-Bab.

Two police officers say the airport buildings are now under fire from the Iraqi police forces.

"It's not caution", he said, adding, "They've learned, they're smarter now".

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