Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have managed to establish control over nearly 90 percent of western Mosul as they are battling to drive Takfiri Daesh terrorists out of the country’s second largest city.
According to Press TV, Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told a news conference in the capital Baghdad on Tuesday that Daesh was still in control of “10.5 percent of… the right bank” of the Tigris River.
He added, “We reassure everyone that… in a very short time, God willing, we will declare the liberation and clearing of western Mosul and raise the Iraqi flag over… [Mosul’s] Old City.”
The Iraqi military spokesman noted that Iraqi soldiers and fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Shaabi, had killed 16,467 Daesh members since the operation to liberate western Mosul began on October 17 last year.
Rasool went on to say that 679 car bombs, 11 militant command centers, 47 drones, and 76 bomb-making workshops were also destroyed during military operations in the western flank of Mosul.
He added that a total of 6,661 bombs and 217 explosives-rigged belts were defused as well.
Meanwhile, the JOC has ordered civilians in the Daesh-controlled areas of western Mosul to immediately stop using any vehicle to avoid being mistaken for terrorists.
“Iraqi military planes will strike any vehicle that moves on the streets of these districts from the evening of May 15 until their liberation. The decisive hour has approached,” a copy of the leaflet dropped over Mosul read.
Separately, Iraqi forces have found a mass grave of slain Takfiri Daesh terrorists at a liberated western Mosul district.