Iraqi government forces battling the Daesh militants, retook control of a neighbourhood, as the troops continued their advance to dislodge the militants from three more areas in the old city, in the western side of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.
The Iraqi army's 16th Infantry Division, liberated al-Farouq al-Thaniyah neighbourhood, in the northern part of Mosul's old city, Abdul-Amir Yarallah, from the Joint Operations Command (JOC), said, in a brief statement.
Also in the day, the commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces, freed al-Sha'areen commercial area and an adjacent area in the central part of the old city, in addition to Abed-Khoub area, in the northern part of the old city, Yarallah said in a separate statement.
Meanwhile, Gen. Ma'an al-Sa'di, a CTS commander, told reporters in Mosul, that, the commandos are pushing in the central part of the old city and the troops are only 400 metres away from the Tigris River that bisects Mosul.
In addition, the federal police forces continued back and forth battles with the militants on three fronts in the southern part of the old city, a federal police source, said.
The battles came a day after the CTS forces drove the militants out of al-Nuri mosque and its leaning al-Hadbaa minaret, in addition to the adjacent Sarijkhanah neighbourhood in the heart of Mosul's old city centre.
On Jun 21, the Daesh blew up the al-Nuri mosque, as Iraqi forces were pushing closer to the mosque and the surrounding area, amid fierce house-to-house battles in some nearby alleys.
The mosque was built in 1172 AD, along with its famous leaning minaret, which gave the city its nickname "al-Hadbaa" or "the hunchback."
Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, said that, the capture of the historical al-Nuri mosque, in the old city of Mosul marks the end of the self-styled Daesh in Iraq.
"The blowing up of the al-Nuri mosque and its al-Hadbaa minaret by Daesh and bringing them (mosque and minaret) back to the homeland, is a declaration of the end of the illegitimate Daesh state," Abadi said, during his visit to the JOC headquarters in Mosul, where he met with the military commanders and discussed with them the developments of the battles to liberate the western side of Mosul
Source: NAM News Network