Iraqi Forces Secure Neighborhood, Hospital In Western Mosul

Iraqi Forces Secure Neighborhood, Hospital In Western Mosul

 Iraqi forces secured another neighborhood and a hospital in the western side of Mosul, army and police said on Friday (May 12).

Iraqi army press said Commander Abdulla al-Amir Rashid Yarrala confirmed the liberation from Islamic State (ISIS) militants of the neighborhood of First Islah Zraa in western Mosul.

Iraqi Federal Police also announced the liberation of Nuri Hospital in the western side of the city.

“The official head of ISIS [in Mosul] and the head of ISIS finance as well as his deputy were killed in our advance,” federal police said, adding three ISIS suicide bombers were also killed.

Lt. Gen. Othman al-Ghanimi said during a press conference on Thursday (May 11) the Iraqi army would announce victory over ISIS militants in the western side of Mosul before Ramadan, which begins near the end of May.

ISIS militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, when they swept across the country's north in the summer of 2014. Iraqi forces have gradually clawed back territory since then, and launched a massive operation to retake Mosul in October last year.

The eastern half of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities, is now completely under the control of Iraqi security forces. But the push against ISIS in western Mosul is bogged down with Iraqi security forces fighting in a warren of small streets in the old part of the city.