World Bulletin / News Desk
Some 30 percent of western Mosul’s old district has been “liberated” from the ISIL terrorist group, an Iraqi security source said Wednesday.
“Federal police and rapid-response units have established total control over the old district’s Al-Arbiaa market, Halab Street, Al-Korneesh, Karaj al-Naql, and Bab Sinjar districts,” Police Maj. Reda Ali al-Khafaji told Anadolu Agency.
Iraqi forces, however, continue to engage in fierce street fighting with ISIL militants in western Mosul’s Al-Farouk and Al-Bursa neighborhoods, al-Khafaji said.
Police Maj. Eid Mohamed al-Abdali told Anadolu Agency that 13 districts of western Mosul “still remain under ISIL control”.
In February, Iraqi ground forces -- backed by a U.S.-led air coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at driving ISIL militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.
The offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October aimed at retaking the entire city, which ISIL overran in mid-2014
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