On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh militants. Iraqi troops and their allies, including local Sunni militias and the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, are involved in the offensive.
More than 40,000 civilians could die as a result of the Mosul liberation operation, The Independent newspaper reported, citing a Kurdish politician.
Ongoing fighting with Daesh militants prompted the Iraqi military to restrict journalists' access to western Mosul due to safety concerns.
The fighting broke out with renewed vigour in some areas of the western part of Iraqi Mosul, despite its announced liberation from terrorists, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Thursday.
It is not easy to enter the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul after its liberation from Daesh, a phenomenon that was witnessed by a Sputnik correspondent, who had to undergo a number of security checks and endless checkpoints at the road as well.
The liberation of former Daesh stronghold Mosul has not yet brought the war against terrorism to a halt, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes, warning that Washington is about to fall into the same trap it had found itself in following the Iraqi war of 2003.
The liberation of Mosul from Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia) opens the way to a potentially dangerous collision between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah against Saudi Arabia, Israel and their allies backed by the United States, analysts told Sputnik.
The US-led coalition may look into establishing temporary bases in Iraq to finish the campaign against Daesh after the liberation of Mosul, Operation Inherent Resolve Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said in a briefing on Tuesday.
The liberation of Mosul by the Iraqi Security Forces is a crucial achievement in the ongoing efforts to defeat Daesh terrorist group, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in statement on Monday.
The Iraqi Security Forces’ liberation of the city of Mosul has delivered a devastating blow to Daesh, Operation Inherent Resolve Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said in a press release on Monday.
The Syrian government congratulated Iraq on the full liberation of the city of Mosul from Daesh terrorist group, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.
According to the Pentagon spokesperson, the Iraqi Security Forces need to liberate less than half a square kilometer from Daesh in the city of Mosul.
Daesh terrorists are cornered in a small pocket in Mosul’s old city, US-led coalition's spokesman Ryan Dillon said on Monday.
On Sunday, Iraqi forces began storming the Daesh-held Old City of Mosul in an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month-old campaign to seize the militants' stronghold. One Russian military expert commented to Sputnik on why the US and its coalition have been bogged down there while a Peshmerga representative said what will happen next.
The Iraqi federal police liberated one of the last remaining neighborhoods of Mosul, Zanjili, from Daesh terrorist group, police chief Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat said Saturday.
Freelance photographer Ali Arkady shared a video in which he said a member of an elite Iraqi counteterror unit was depicted killing an unarmed hospital employee whom the officers suspected of leading them into a trap, the RT broadcaster reported on Thursday.
A freelance photographer claims to have taken the photos and the video of what appears to be the torture of civilians who escaped from the Daesh by the Iraqi special forces unit, the RT broadcaster reported on Wednesday.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Hussein said Tuesday that Daesh killed over 160 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul when they tried to flee from the terrorist-controlled district on June 1.
The US-led coalition conducted 26 strikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
Iraq's forces are storming the last pockets of Daesh resistance in Mosul.
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