US-backed Iraqi forces besiege ISIS in northwestern Mosul

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Iraqi forces seen on the outskirts of Mosul city. File photo: Marko D./AP

ARA News

The US-backed Iraqi forces imposed a siege on Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in the northwestern part of the war-torn city of Mosul, officials reported on Thursday.

“The remaining Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in Mosul are now under heavy siege by the Iraqi forces in the northwestern corner of the city,” an army officer told ARA News, adding that their troops are trying to storm the last ISIS stronghold in the Old City of Mosul.

The Iraqi army said in an official statement on Thursday that its 9th Armored Division and the Rapid Response units of the Interior Ministry have opened a new front in the northwest of the city.

“Our forces are making a steady advance in the first hours of the offensive and Daesh fighters are breaking and retreating,” Iraqi Army’s Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told state television.

Mosul is Iraq’s second most populous city, and is deemed the ISIS de facto capital in Iraq. The city fell to ISIS in June 2014.

After showing heavy resistance against the US-backed troops, ISIS is now slowly being pushed, especially since the Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched on 17 October, 2016, an operation to take Mosul.

The major offensive is being supported by the US-led coalition.

The Mosul assault involves a 100,000-strong ground force of Iraqi government troops, members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri | Source: ARA News

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