ISIS in ‘fight to the death’ in Mosul, Iraqi commander says
Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, the head of Iraq’s special forces, said Tuesday that Iraqi forces are just 250 metres from the Tigris River after retaking the city’s main hospital compound the day before.
He says the militants are increasingly resorting to suicide bombings, and he expects the fighting to get even heavier as they are pushed closer to the river.
Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, in October.
On June 29, Iraqi government troops captured the ruined mosque at the heart of ISIS’ de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group’s self-styled caliphate at an end.
The seizure of the nearly 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque — from where Islamic State proclaimed the caliphate nearly three years ago to the day — is a huge symbolic victory.
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