March 24, 2017

Iraqi Forces Regain Control of Two More Neighborhoods in East Mosul

24 January 2017, 12:45 | Ella Tate

Buildings destroyed during previous clashes are seen as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul Iraq. REUTERS Ahmed JadallahMore

Buildings destroyed during previous clashes are seen as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul

In a new collection of photos from Mosul, Iraqi forces with the America coalition are shown battling and defeating the Islamic State in the northwest and Christian neighborhoods of the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq.

CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports that in some neighborhoods of eastern Mosul, there is a sense that things are returning to normal.

The high-ranking Iraqi military commander also noted that troops had established control over the road linking Mosul to the northern city of Dohuk in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The statement also said that some people record the abuses and then posted on social media to "spoil the joy of victory and to defame the real image of the fearless security forces and their sacrifices to liberate the land and to maintain security".

"We are now awaiting an official announcement in this regard from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, commander-in-chief of Iraq's armed forces", a ministry spokesman said in a statement broadcast on state television.

"We believe this was a desperate attempt to retrograde ISIL fighters now that the Iraqi security forces own the eastern bank of every bridge in Mosul", said Air Force Col.

Daesh's militants were seeking to cross the Tigris River to west Mosul as Iraqi security forces secured the city's eastern half, the coalition said.

"West Mosul will be as tough as east Mosul, and from our view even tougher", he said.

Since the operation to liberate Mosul began on October 17, 2016, the Coalition has destroyed at least 112 ISIS boats on the Tigris River in Mosul, with several more damaged or destroyed outside of the city.

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