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Iraqi Army begins big offensive in Mosul to defeat ISIS for good – Map update
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Over the past 24 hours, the Iraqi Army has initiated a remarkable pincer offensive in the largely ISIS-held Old City neighborhood of Mosul, ultimately looking to cut the tiny Islamic State pocket in two by joining forces at the Al-Sa’ah Roundabout, a key junction in the heart of the densely populated district.
With rapid gains finally underway through the narrow streets of the Old City, Iraqi troops also captured around a dozen homemade rocket launchers and a makeshift field hospital where significant batches of pain killers were recovered:
Notably, recent government gains have secured large stretches of the main roads in the Old City; in turn, civilians are able to escape more easily through the humanitarian corridors that are vital to reduce collateral damage.
In a related event, two ISIS sleeper cells opened fire on police officers in the Al-Jazar district (liberated over six months ago) on the eastern bank of the Tigris River on Monday. However, the assailants were hunted down by shop owners and local residents who beat them to death before security forces managed to interfere.
#Iraq Federal Police Units freed 30 civilians including 20 kids among the 5 #Yazidi in #Mosul old city, they were held hostages by #ISIS.
#Iraqi forces killed two #ISIS suicide bomber wearing federal police in Nabi Younis district in East #Mosul.
#Iraqi forces displayed explosive vest, IEDs & weapon suppressor belonging to 5 #ISIS militants that tried to swim from west to east #Mosul.
#Iraq Federal Police units found a #ISIS weapon storage in #Mosul Old City, some of the IEDs had chlorine gas.
IMPORTANT: Peshmerga filming 7 American helicopters landing in Da'ish-held territory in #Iraq's Hawijah region. Chinook guarded by Apaches.
The Diwaniyah Brigade honors the team leader Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi at the Victory site of the Great Mosque of Nuri
لواء الديوانية يكرم الفريق الركن عبد الوهاب الساعدي في موقع النصر بجامع النوري الكبير
I see the general is making appearances closer to the fighting.
The Mosulis were accompanied by anti-terrorist factions during the advance in the Nabi Zarzis area of Old Mosul
الموصلية ترافق الساعدي وقطعات مكافحة الارهاب خلال التقدم في منطقة النبي جرجيس بالموصل القديمة
Mosuliyah documenting the monitoring and killing of one of the elements advocated by the Diyala Special Operations Regiment II
الموصلية توثق عملية رصد و قتل أحد عناصر داعش من قبل فوج ديالى التابع للعمليات الخاصة الثانية
#Mosul Daily Update 1/2
•CTS closing fast on Tigris R
•IFP battle IS pockets in Bab Laksh, Bab al-Jadid
•9thAD(+) slowly adv along riverbank
•Unconf: west end of Old Bridge retaken
•OIR air/arty in/nr city: 4 stks, 40 tgts (36 pri)
•US advisors deep in city