An Iraqi commander announced that the country’s forces have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from ISIS militants, as soldiers are pushing into more districts
A commander of the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) announced that 30% of west Mosul has been liberated, according to a report by Reuters.
Federal police and Rapid Response units said they had entered the Bab al-Tob area of the Old City, where the fight is expected to be toughest due to narrow alleyways through which armored vehicles cannot pass.
The militants are vastly outnumbered and outgunned by Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition and are defending their last major stronghold in Iraq using suicide car bombs, snipers and mortars.
As many as 600,000 civilians are trapped with the militants inside the city which Iraqi forces have effectively sealed off from the rest of the territory that Islamic State controls in Syria and Iraq.