Iraqi forces make fresh gains against ISIL in W. Mosul

Army claims to inflict ‘severe losses’ on terrorist group amid ongoing battle for strategic city

Iraqi forces make fresh gains against ISIL in W. Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi forces have recaptured Mosul’s western Al-Thawra neighborhood from the ISIL terrorist group, a military source said on Thursday.

"Army-affiliated anti-terrorism forces hoisted the Iraqi national flag over buildings in the district after inflicting the enemy with severe human and material losses," army Lieutenant-General Abdul Amir Yaarallah said.

Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel Ziad Tariq al-Babali, for his part, told Anadolu Agency that U.S.-led coalition warplanes had carried out airstrikes in western Mosul’s Al-Rifai district, killing at least 17 ISIL terrorists and injuring nine others.

The air attack, al-Babali said, was based on intelligence that allowed the coalition “to strike the intended target while minimizing civilian casualties".

In February, Iraqi ground forces -- backed by U.S.-led coalition air power -- began fresh operations to expel ISIL militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.

The ongoing offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October with the aim of retaking the entire city, which ISIL overran in mid-2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Nisan 2017, 15:18