VOA: Iraq Says IS Near Defeat in Mosul
The Iraqi military says it has surrounded Islamic State jihadists in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the extremist group only controls about 10 percent of the area in the western half of the city.
Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for the joint operations in Iraq, said Tuesday the militants now control only about 12 square kilometers of land in the Old City following a seven-month U.S.-backed campaign to remove the terrorists from Mosul.
“We reassure everyone that, in a very short time, God willing, we will declare the liberation and clearing of west Mosul and raise the Iraqi flag over the Old City,” he said.
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WNU Editor: The last 10% .... which is the Old City of Mosul .... is also probably going to be the bloodiest.
More News On The Islamic State On The Brink Of Being Defeated In Mosul
Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City -- Reuters
Iraq says IS now in control of about a tenth of Mosul's west -- ABC News/AP
IS 'on brink of defeat' after losing 90% of west Mosul: Officials -- Channel News Asia/AFP
ISIS on 'brink of total defeat' in Mosul, coalition spokesman says -- FOX News
Iraq says 90 percent of west Mosul recaptured from 'Islamic State' -- DW
Daesh on "brink of total defeat" in Mosul -- TRT
Iraqi military spokesman says only 12 sq km of Mosul held by ISIS -- Al Arabiya/Reuters