IRAQI FORCES PUSH FURTHER INTO MOSUL AMID FIERCE CLASHES WITH DAESH MILITANTS

MOSUL, Iraq, Iraqi security forces continued heavy fighting against the Daesh militants and freed more neighbourhoods from the extremist militants, in the eastern side of the city of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

The Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft, continued their clashes with the militants in the northern front of the city and managed to free the neighbourhoods of Kindi and Qairawan, leaving many militants killed and destroying four vehicles carrying heavy machine guns, a statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said.

In the eastern front, the commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) retook control of the neighbourhoods of al-Shurta and Majmoaa Thaqafiyah and raised the Iraqi flag over some of their buildings, after fierce clashes with the militants, destroying two car bombs and killing many of the extremist militants, the statement said.

The elite CTS troops, backed by international aircraft, also freed the neighbourhoods of Jammasa and Nabi Younus, including the shrine of Prophet Younus (Prophet Jonah), after defeating the militants, the statement added.

In 2014, the extremist militants bombed the shrine, which is revered in Islam, as well as, Christianity and Judaism.

In the southern part of the eastern side of Mosul, the federal police and army continued clearing operations in the recently freed neighbourhoods, after the troops completely retook control of the southern part of the eastern bank of the Tigris River, which bisects the city, according to the statement.

A source from the CTS forces said that, Monday's advance put the 3rd Bridge, which links the two banks of Mosul city, under the fire of the troops.

So far, security forces are in control of three of Mosul's five bridges on the Tigris River, which all were partially destroyed.

According to military officers, the Iraqi forces have recaptured some 90 percent of the neighbourhoods of the eastern side of Mosul.

Last month, battles in Mosul slowed down, as extremist militants used civilians as human shields, resorted to suicide car bombs and made mortar and sniper attacks in stiff resistance.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK