Iraq's Prime Minister Predicts Victory Over Islamic State

Iraq's Prime Minister Predicts Victory Over Islamic State

IRAQI forces are predicting an imminent victory to recapture Daesh's de-facto capital in the country. Daesh is still in control of the mosque's ground.

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi said: 'The victory announcement will come in a very short time'.

Iraqi forces had about 600 meters of ground left to cover before reaching Mosul's corniche road along the western bank of the Tigris, federal police commander Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat told Iraqi State TV.

The operation to liberate the western part of Mosul has been underway since February 19.

ISIS militants blew up the al-Nuri Mosque last week where the ISIS leader declared his so-called caliphate about three years ago.

Iraqi authorities and officials from the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh terrorists said the destruction of the site, sometimes referred to as Iraq's Tower of Pisa, is a sign of the extremists' imminent loss of Mosul.

Federal police and elite CTS units in Mosul are attacking ISIS fighters in the Old City's maze of alleyways, together with the army and the Interior Ministry's Emergency Response Division.

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A US-led global coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.

Up to 350 militants are estimated by the Iraqi military to be dug in in the Old City among civilians in wrecked houses and crumbling infrastructure. Hundreds of civilians fleeing the Old City have been killed in the past month.

"Our troops are now moving towards Farouq Street", he said, referring to the Old City's main north-south thoroughfare.

Sporadic sniper fire could be heard, and an incoming rocket, as the troops used a white commercial drone to survey the insurgents' defenses.

Saadi said Daesh holds "very little" territory inside Mosul at the present moment, adding that he hoped the operation would be concluded within days. The extremist group is using the civilians as human shields. It has lost its fighting spirit and its balance.

Members of the Iraqi federal police hold position during an armed exchange as smoke billows in the background while advancing through the Old City of Mosul on June 28, 2017, as the offensive continues to retake the last district held by Daesh terrorists.

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