MOSUL, Iraq, Iraqi security forces, on Thursday, began a new push against the Daesh militants, in several neighbourhoods in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a military source said.
The move came after the troops' advance had been stalled in the past two weeks.
Members of the Counter-Terrorism Service, army troops and federal police, advanced in the morning, from several directions, to free the remaining neighbourhoods in the eastern side of Mosul, known locally as the left bank of the Tigris, which bisects the city, Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jobouri, said in a statement.
The battles included opening a new front with thousands of federal police forces advancing to the southern outskirts of Mosul, Jubouri said.
The battles in Mosul were slowed in the past two weeks, amid gruelling fighting inside Mosul with extremist militants, who used the city's civilians as human shields, carried out brutal counter attacks in small groups, moving quickly throughout the districts, and resorted to suicide car bombs, in addition to mortar and sniper attacks.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK