Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Iraq says 300 IS militants remain holed up in Mosul's Old City

Iraq says 300 IS militants remain holed up in Mosul's Old City

On June 17, Russian Federation reported that its forces might have been killed Al-Baghdadi in an air strike, but the USA government said that it has no information to corroborate such reports. News could not verify these accounts.

"The only thing they did is they shaved their beards and changed their clothes", he said Saturday.

A commander from the division said that some 10,000 civilians remained trapped with little food, water or medicine, in a shrinking rectangular area under the control of a few hundred terrorists.

"This is a catastrophic setback for ISIS, no matter what the enemy says". It possessed territory, access to sources of revenue like oilfields (in Mosul), a fighting army, and administrative and police structures. Some simply advocate the group's extreme interpretation of Islam and support it with money, he said.

The Iraqi prime minister said the destruction of the religious site, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed the establishment of a caliphate across Iraq and Syria in 2014, signals the imminent defeat of Islamic State. The mosque had become a symbol of Islamic State's self-declared cross-border "caliphate".

"This one's father was killed, and that girl there, her father was killed as well", Omar said.

USA -backed Iraqi troops also recaptured neighborhoods in the Old City.

Many were so badly injured they had to be carried over the mounds of rubble blocking the the Old City's narrow streets.

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After eight months of grueling battles to retake Mosul, the dense west Mosul neighborhood is IS' last stand in Iraq's second-largest city.

Last week, ISIS fighters targeted a local market in eastern Mosul, detonating their suicide vests among shoppers and traders, according to Al-Juburi.

The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the breaching of the wall was the most important development to date in the battle for Raqqa.

A suicide bomber dressed as a veiled woman has killed 14 people and wounded 13 others in a displacement camp west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to security sources.

Though IS claims are often exaggerated, the fact that the reports made no mention of the Old City was significant and could be interpreted as indirect confirmation of losses there. Three of whom were released the following week.

Iraqi forces announced they had recaptured another district on Sunday.

Al-Juburi said corruption is widespread.

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