Victory Over IS in Mosul Imminent — Iraqi Military
Jul 09 2017
"It's a matter of hours", she said.
Dozens of insurgents were killed on Saturday, and others tried to escape by swimming across the river, state TV said.
"If it weren't for this we could be finished in just a few hours".
Artillery explosions and gunfire could still be heard during Saturday afternoon and a column of smoke billowed over the Old City riverside.
A USA -led global coalition is providing air and ground support to the 8-month-old offensive to wrest back Mosul, once the de facto capital of Islamic State in Iraq.
Nearly exactly three years ago, the ultra-hardline group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared from Mosul a "caliphate" over adjoining parts of Iraq and Syria.
The defeat would be the biggest yet for the Islamic State group three years since it seized Mosul in a lightning offensive, swept across much of the country's Sunni Arab heartland and proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria.
The assault on Imam Gharbi village appeared to be the sort of diversionary, guerrilla-style strike Islamic State is expected to employ as USA -backed Iraqi forces regain control over cities IS captured in a shock 2014 offensive.
The jihadists wanted to go back, but security forces "fired on them and killed them", he said, without specifying how many died.
Iraq's Joint Command also stated Saturday that with these areas under their control, "the Federal Police have concluded their missions assigned to them in Old Mosul and the right bank", which is located west of the Tigris River and bisects Mosul.
Some 900,000 people have been displaced from the city since 2014 - about half the the pre-war population- aid organisations say.