Iraqi Forces Recapture 40 Neighborhoods In East Mosul

Iraqi Forces Recapture 40 Neighborhoods In East Mosul

Iraqi security forces have regained control of 40 neighborhoods in the eastern side of Mosul since the offensive to liberate the city began, Iraqi Joint Operations Command said on Wednesday (December 14).

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement Counter-Terrorism forces raised the Iraqi flag in the neighborhoods of Falah 1 and Falah 2 in the eastern side of the city.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced they have reviewed the plan for the liberation of Mosul and there is an agreement on the ongoing military operations.

A spokesperson said on Monday (December 12) several thousand Iraqi federal police were ready to join the assault against the Islamic State (ISIS) in eastern Mosul.

The extra forces are being deployed as the grueling U.S.-backed campaign to crush ISIS in its Iraqi stronghold enters its ninth week. Elite army troops have retaken a quarter of the city, but their advance has been slow and punishing.

Iraqi commanders say progress has been slowed by the fierce defense waged by the jihadists, who they say have used a network of tunnels under the eastern half of the city and exploited more than 1 million civilians as human shields.

The campaign to capture Mosul started on October 17, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition.

The offensive to take Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control in either Iraq or Syria, is turning into the biggest battle in Iraq's turbulent history since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.