Iraqi forces enter densely populated areas in Mosul

Iraqi Army forces have temporarily paused their advance on Mosul, Iraq due to the increased risk to civilians. The forces have entered densely populated areas, which means that they can no longer rely so much on airstrikes. In addition, Iraqi forces destroyed about 70 ISIS terror tunnels.
Near Mosul, Iraq Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Iraqi forces have temporarily suspended their Mosul offensive in the eastern part of the city, a military source said yesterday (Wednesday). The reason behind this temporary hold on the operation is because the Iraqi special forces have progressed deeper into densely populated areas. In these areas, the forces are unable to rely as much on airstrikes due to the high risk to civilians. Civilians in these areas have been instructed by the Iraqi forces to remain indoors due to the battles with ISIS terrorists.

Meanwhile, Iraqi troops and aircraft have destroyed about 70 tunnels ISIS terrorists had been using, according to Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led forces that are operating the aerial attacks against the murderous terrorist organization. The tunnels were located in densely populated areas and being used by ISIS in order to launch surprise attacks. On Tuesday, at least one senior level Kurdish Peshmerga officer was killed by three ISIS suicide bombers who blew themselves up after they exited a tunnel in eastern Bashiqa.

Last week, JOL reported that British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson stated that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped from Mosul.

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