IRAQI FORCES RECAPTURE TWO DAESH-HELD NEIGHBOURHOODS IN WESTERN MOSUL

MOSUL - Iraqi forces, on Saturday, freed two more neighbourhoods, after heavy clashes against the Daesh militants, as part of a push that initiated a new front in the northern part of Daesh stronghold, in the western side of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

The army, federal police and interior ministry's elite Rapid Response forces, completely freed the neighbourhoods, after days of heavy clashes, Abdul-Amir Yarallah from the Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.

The recapture of the neighbourhood came six days after the troops launched a new push into four neighbourhoods of the northern part of Mosul's western side.

Meanwhile, the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces, retook control of the neighbourhood of al-Rabie in the northern part of the Daesh stronghold, in Mosul's western side and raised the Iraqi flag on some of its buildings, Yarallah said in a separate statement.

The troops are now pushing to advance further to the remaining neighbourhoods on the northern edge of the city centre, to tighten noose around the Daesh redoubt in the neighbourhoods of Mosul's old city centre, where roughly 400,000 residents are believed to still be trapped under Daesh rule.

Also in the day, the CTS forces announced their mission complete, despite the ongoing battles in a few neighbourhoods in the north of the Daesh-held old city centre, in the western side of Mosul, locally known as the right bank of the Tigris River which bisects the city.

"The forces of the Counter-Terrorism Service had completed their assigned mission on the right bank, but stood ready to carry out any mission ordered by the Prime Minister," Talib Sheghati, the CTS chief, said in a brief statement.

Source: NAM News Network