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.
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-led coalition is on the brink of driving Daesh out of Mosul, eight months after the offensive began to liberate the city, Iraqi volunteer fighters told Sputnik.
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.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain in the areas of the Iraqi city of Mosul that are controlled by Daeh terrorist group, UN Assistance Mission head in Iraq Jan Kubis told the UN Security Council on Monday.
The fight against terrorism is not limited to military operations but includes the fight on social, economic, religious fronts and will not stop when terrorist strongholds in Syria and Iraq are liberated, NATO's Chairman of the Military Committee Gen. Petr Pavel said Wednesday.
Minister of Displacement and Migration in Iraq Jasim Muhammed al-Jaf has recently revealed that since the start of the operation to liberate the country's city of Nineveh on the outskirts of Mosul from Daesh (October 17, 2016), the number of refugees fleeing the area has reached 600,000 people.
Daesh "holdouts" can surrender or die, the envoy for the US-led coalition wrote.
A senior Iraqi commander has promised to completely reclaim the city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists in upcoming weeks
The Iraqi-backed People's Mobilization Forces (PMF) have liberated 12 villages near the Iraqi city of Mosul in an offensive operation against Daesh terrorist group, which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries, local media reported, citing Iraqi Defense Ministry.
Sputnik Arabic was able to talk to a young female resident of the Iraqi city of Mosul, who was able to flee it and who revealed what's really happening in this urban settlement: since the start of the offensive to liberate it from Daesh last October prices on food have jumped so high that many locals can now afford to eat only "every other day."
On Saturday, Daesh launched another chemical attack in the al Saura district of the Iraqi city Mosul, killing six and injuring 12, a source in the internal security forces told Sputnik Arabic. Meanwhile, one of the unit commanders of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces told Sputnik Turkiye that Mosul will be fully liberated within one month.
Iraqi troops have recaptured Mosul's al-Thawra district from Daesh.
The US-led coalition is studying the chemical substance used by terrorists in Mosul.
Daesh terrorists in Mosul are maiming local residents with liquid tar, local volunteer fighters told Sputnik.
The Iraqi federal police reported Tuesday that a military leader of the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia), known as Abu Hajir al-Rusi, possibly an immigrant from Russia, was killed in Mosul.
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