World Bulletin / News Desk
Lieutenant-General Abdel-Wahab al-Saedi, who led the operation, said anti-terror forces had managed to "fully liberate eastern parts of the district".
The offensive was waged along two fronts after the neighborhood was entirely surrounded by Iraqi security forces, al-Saedi said.
The Kokjeli district is administratively part of Mosul city, which was overrun by the ISIL terrorist group in mid-2014.
On Oct. 18, the Iraqi army -- backed by a U.S.-led air coalition -- began a wide-ranging operation to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and capital of the northern Nineveh province.
Since then, dozens of ISIL-held villages on the city’s outskirts have fallen before the army onslaught, although the terrorist group remains in control of the city.