Fight For Mosul Moves Westward And Centers On City's Airport

Fight For Mosul Moves Westward And Centers On City's Airport

Other sources within the Iraqi military say their forces have entered the first neighbourhood of the western half of Iraq's second-largest city.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday that the Iraqi air force struck ISIS positions inside neighboring Syria in retaliation to recent bomb attacks in Baghdad. One captain in Iraq's emergency response division told the BBC inside western Mosul: "We very close to liberating Mosul".

"Displacement has also continued from eastern parts of the city, alongside return movements back into some east Mosul neighborhoods, and to surrounding areas", he said.

Separately, the spokesman of the Joint Military Operation Command, Brig. On the same day, the Ghazlani military camp on the outskirts of southwestern Mosul was recaptured - Iraqi flags could be seen flying on top of the buildings.

The Trump administration reportedly scrapped a detailed plan left by former President Barack Obama's administration that outlined a strategy to train Kurdish forces, provide them with new equipment, and help them retake Raqqa, instead telling the Pentagon to come up with new options, according to a February 23 report by McClatchy's D.C. Bureau.

The eastern half of Mosul was declared by Iraqi officials as "fully liberated" last month.

The plan will also include both political and military aspects with input from the State Department, intelligence community and Treasury Department, Dunford said.

Two policemen sit atop of their armoured vehicle as Iraqi Federal police deploy after regaining control of the town of Abu Saif, west of Mosul, Iraq.

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Leaping out of a Black Hawk helicopter, Townsend ran to meet officials at a federal police base at Hammam Alil, a village south of Mosul once known for its swimming hole.

ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and is more commonly used in daily conversation, as well as by President Donald Trump.

But the advance to retake the remainder of western Mosul may take some time.

The Iraqi air force bombed ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, the first time the government of Haidar al-Abadi has admitted to targeting the extremists group beyond its own borders.

During a recent attack inside Mosul, soldiers suddenly stopped their patrols on a quiet residential street and began shooting towards the sky rapidly to shoot down a hovering Isis drone that was ready to drop its explosives upon them, causing carnage.

The airport is considered an important location in the Iraqi forces' southern approach to the old part of western Mosul.

Outside, U.S. troops stationed at the base mingled with Iraqi police, while rockets fired by ISIS thudded intermittently nearby.

The United Nations has warned that up to 400,000 civilians could be displaced by the new offensive amid food and fuel shortages. People, right now, are in trouble. The strikes were successful, he said.