Mosul: The troops of the International coalition led by the United States ousted the militants of the terrorist group "Islamic State" from two blocks of the Old City in western Mosul.
The anti-terrorist forces said they completely liberated the al-Jada and al-Bayt quarters from Islamists.
The commander of American troops in the region, Stephen Townsend, said that the IGIL militants control only 2 square kilometers in the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in turn, said that the city in the near future will be completely released from terrorists.
The army of Iraq launched an operation to storm the blocks of the Old City in Mosul, which are being held by the Islamic State terrorist group, after the morning of June 18, Iraq's anti-terrorist forces launched an operation to attack the latest outpost of the Islamic state terrorist organization, the old city - in the western part of the city, and on June 19, Iraqi troops began storming the Old City in Mosul. On June 21, militants undermined Mosul's main mosque, in which three years ago it was announced that the "Caliphate" had been launched and accused the International Coalition led by the United States.
Troops of Iraq, with the support of the United States, have already entered the old city and surrounded the militants of ISIS from all sides. Islamists continue to hold only 4 square kilometers of the city.
According to the UN, only 774,000 civilians left the city during the fighting in Mosul.
On Sunday, May 21, Iraq's counterterrorism forces completed their part of the operations in Mosul.
On January 18, Iraqi government forces announced the expulsion of ISIS fighters from the eastern part of Mosul and established full control over the eastern bank of the Tigris River in the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on October 17, 2016 that a ground operation was launched to liberate the city of Mosul from the militants of the Islamic State terrorist group, and on October 20, 2016, the Iraqi army, along with the Kurdish military formations of Peshmarga, launched a large- Mosul. The operation was supported by the troops of the international coalition led by the United States. Its goal is to drive out militants to the north and east of Iraq and to liberate Mosul.
The militants of ISIS captured Mosul in early June 2014. They disabled the water tower, leaving the second largest city of Iraq without water. It was in Mosul that the leader of the ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the territories seized by militants in several countries - the lands of the "caliphate".