Iraqi government forces have managed on Sunday to liberate two more neighborhoods in Mosul from the clutches of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) Takfiri group as they try to push the extremists out of their last urban stronghold in the country.
The commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said on Sunday that soldiers from the 71st Brigade of the 15th Division in the Iraqi Army had recaptured al-Milayeen neighborhood and al-Binaa al-Jahiz area east of the city, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.
Yarallah added that government forces had raised the Iraqi flag over several buildings in both locations.
The high-ranking Iraqi military commander also noted that troops had established control over the road linking Mosul to the northern city of Dohuk in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Members of the 9th Armored Division in the Iraqi Army retook the road linking Bahwiza neighborhood in northern Mosul to the Assyrian town of Tel Keppe.
The latest territorial gains almost seal the Iraqi forces’ control over the eastern bank of the Tigris River, with only Rashidiyah neighborhood left to be retaken.
Source: Press TV