BAGHDAD, Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haide al-Abadi, said, the Iraqi forces will need three months to eliminate the Daesh militant group, as battles continued, to free the Daesh stronghold in the city of Mosul.
"In Iraq, I believe that conditions indicate that, it needs three months to eliminate the Daesh," Abadi said in a press conference in Baghdad.
Abadi's comment came, in response to the U.S. general commanding coalition forces in Iraq, who predicted, in an interview, two years of battles to clear the Daesh group from its twin capitals of Mosul and Raqqa, and then to fight the remnants, who will likely flee to the vast empty desert between Syria and Iraq.
Abadi also said, the Iraqi forces are fighting what he named "war of attrition" against the extremist group, asserting that the security forces have destroyed 900 car bombs in Mosul, during the past two months.
After nearly two months of street-to-street battles against the militants inside Mosul, the elite Counter-Terrorism Service retook control of 40 districts, while the army's 9th armoured Division and the 1st Division, recaptured six more neighbourhoods in the eastern part of the city, according to official Iraqi statements.
The troops are facing gruelling fighting inside Mosul, from the extremist militants, who are carrying out brutal counter attacks in small groups, moving quickly throughout the districts, and using suicide car bombs, as well as, mortars and snipers, in addition to using the population of the city as human shields.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK