Iraqi government forces have scored more territorial gains in the Old City of Mosul as they push to purge the Daesh Takfiri terrorists from their urban stronghold in the conflict-stricken Arab country in an eight-month military campaign.
An Iraqi military general says the military operation to regain complete control over Mosul and purge the country’s second largest city of Takfiri Daesh terrorists will come to an end within the next few days as government troops are combing the last areas still held by the extremists.
A senior commander says Iraqi forces have so far managed to liberate two thirds of Mosul’s Old City from the grip of Daesh terrorists as they are engaged in fierce street battles to purge the country’s second largest city of Takfiri elements.
Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the ancient quarter from Daesh terrorists mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their "caliphate".
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group are holding more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians as human shields in the Old City of western Mosul as government forces are pushing to drive the extremists out of their last bastion in the city.
Daesh terrorists shot and killed hundreds of residents in the Iraqi city of Mosul in the past two weeks, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing an increasingly desperate drive by the terrorists to prevent civilians from fleeing.
The United Nations says members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have fatally shot children trying to flee heavy exchanges of gunfire between the extremists and government forces in the western part of Mosul, condemning the crime as "despicable."