Iraqi forces advance against Islamic State in old city of Mosul
A file photo shows Iraqi Army soldiers holding a flag belonging to the Islamic State in the formerly IS held district of Shifaa, western Mosul, Iraq, June 17, 2017. EPA/OMAR ALHAYALI
Mosul, Iraq, Jun 19 (efe-epa).- Joint Iraqi forces continued on Monday for a second consecutive day the final phase of their offensive against the Islamic State terror organization in the old city of Mosul, north of the country.
Anti-terrorist forces have made remarkable progress on the northeast front and the army and federal police have also made advances on their respective fronts in the old city, anti-terrorist force commander Abdel Wahhab al-Saadi told EFE.
According to the official, government troops were able to destroy IS defensive lines outside the old town, where fighters have resisted for months.
The advance of Iraqi forces is backed by the bombing by Iraqi aviation and the United States-led international coalition, which destroyed on Monday dozens of targets, according to al-Saadi.
In Monday's operations, at least five car bombs were destroyed and Iraqi troops killed several snipers, the source added.
The offensive, launched on Sunday, takes place on three fronts: northwest, west and south of the old town.
The operations are the final phase of the campaign launched last Oct. to regain control of Mosul, which was conquered in June 2014 by IS.