Led Coalition Strikes Destroy 14 Daesh Positions in Mosul - Joint Task Force

Led Coalition Strikes Destroy 14 Daesh Positions in Mosul - Joint Task Force

Iraqi government forces have pushed deeper into the Old City of Mosul as they are nearing the end of their eight-month campaign to capture the de-facto capital of Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the crisis-hit Arab country and drive the extremists out of the strategic northern city. Residents who have escaped from the Old City, say that they have little food, water or medicine in the Old City.

"The victory announcement will come in a very short time", Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on his website Monday evening.

Earlier in June, reports claimed Isis blew up an iconic mosque in Mosul where the group declared its "Caliphate" in 2014 in what some analysts believe was a move to avoid humiliation, as troops continued to advance.

A US-led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.

Meanwhile, there are also concerns that the militant groups that are fighting on the sidelines of the Iraqi forces could be entangled in a fight to control cities that have been liberated under ISIS.

The area yet to be retaken totals 850 by 1,700 meters (1.445 sq km) in the old city - notably Al Farouk 2 neighborhood, Hazra al-Sada and Hamdia districts, Ras al-Khor, and the destroyed al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba Minaret, along with other holy sites.

Islamic State still controls the mosque's grounds and about half of the territory in the Old City, its last redoubt in Mosul. The Iraqi forces started attacking the western side of Mosul in February, a month after taking the side located east of the Tigris.

About 850,000 people, more than a third of Mosul's pre-war population, have fled, seeking refuge with relatives or in camps, according to aid groups.

Lieutenant-General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the Counterterrorism Service (CTS) in Mosul, alleged that "only a small part (of the fighters) remains in the city, specifically the Old City" of Mosul with its narrow alleyways which is not maneuverable by heavy engines.

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