Iraqi commanders said Saturday their forces are “tens of meters” away from defeating ISIL terrorists in Mosul, a day after a major counterattack by the militants.
The Joint Operations Command “our units are still continuing to advance … Not much is left before our forces reach the river.”
Iraqi officials have made similar pronouncements over the past week as security forces have bottled the militants up in a sliver of the Old City along the Tigris River.
On Saturday the militarized Federal Police announced that they had cleared their assigned sector, while the regular army and special forces continued to battle the extremists. Some units remain up to 150 meters from the river.