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War News 5-31-2017

Post  Admin on Wed May 31, 2017 5:10 pm

Iraqi forces bomb another pocket of Daash in Mosul

Since 2017-05-31 at 21:11 (Baghdad time)

Baghdad Mawazine News

Iraqi forces bombed the Zanjili neighborhood in western Mosul with rocket-propelled grenades on Wednesday as part of a military operation to retrieve the last pocket occupied by a hasty organization in the historic area of ​​the city.

The enclave covers mainly the old city center and three adjacent areas overlooking the West Bank of the Tigris River.

The US-backed Mosul attack, which has been in its eighth month, has been going on longer than planned, with terrorists hiding among civilians.

The attack on the Old City coincides with the start of Ramadan. Its main objective is the Grand Mosque of Nouri and its famous minaret, which has been fluttered with the black flag of the terrorist organization since mid-2014.

The troops hope that in the next few days they will be able to take control of the mosque, which was declared by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the state of the caliphate, which includes areas in Iraq and Syria.

The head of the federal police, Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat, said Wednesday that his forces entered the "Zanjili" neighborhood north of the old city on the western side of Mosul.

"The federal police forces seized dozens of car bombs, which were ready to be mined and shielded," Jawdat said in a statement on Wednesday.

On the eastern side of Mosul, unknown assailants were writing slogans in support of the Al-Daqash organization east of Mosul, while the police arrested 4 suspects for interrogation.

Mosul police chief Hussain Faleh al-Azwai said the writings were "surviving and victorious!" He pointed out that the walls were repainted by the police and the slogans were erased.

"Four suspects were arrested for questioning and released a few hours later," a police chief said, noting that the police had suspicions that there were supporters of "Daash" in some liberated neighborhoods in Mosul.

The influence of the terrorist organization has declined sharply in Mosul, where battles are taking place in the last strongholds of the Old City in the middle of the western side, along with three neighborhoods to the north.

The military campaign began in October 2016, and Iraqi forces regained the eastern half of Mosul in January and have been fighting since February to wrest the western half.



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