Earlier in the day, the Iraqi military announced that eastern Mosul has been freed from Daesh terrorists.
"Part of Mosul was liberated. It's a good cooperation between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi [forces] in Mosul," Bakir said.
The minister stressed the importance of taking the city back from the Islamic State, a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.
"It is a tough fight, and will take some time. It's difficult to anticipate the end of the operation now," the minister added.
In October 2016, Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led international coalition, began an offensive to liberate Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, from the Islamic State.