Islamic State claims killing of 10 Iraqi soldiers in liberated area of Mosul
A file photo shows a citizen beginning to reopen his businesses in an area liberated from the Islamic State terror organizatio inwestern Mosul, Iraq, July 6, 2017. EFE/Isaac J. Martín
Cairo, Jul 10 (efe-epa).- The Islamic State terror organization said on Monday that its fighters have shot dead 10 soldiers of the Iraqi forces in a liberated area of the Old City of the northern city of Mosul.
In a brief note released by the IS-affiliated Amaq agency, the authenticity of which could not be verified, the organization said that 10 Iraqi soldiers were shot dead in the area of al-Maidan, freed on Sunday by government troops.
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday with the intention of announcing the total liberation of the city from the yoke of the IS, although so far the announcement has been delayed because there are still extremists resisting in the last area they control in the historical district.
Gen. Shukr al-Nueimi, commander of the army's 73rd brigade, admitted to EFE that clashes between the army and IS continue in the area, where explosions of shells are heard and dense columns of smoke are seen as result of the bombing by Iraqi aviation.
The offensive to expel the IS from Mosul and the entire province of Nineveh began in October 2016.
In January, Iraqi troops, backed by militias and the Kurdish Peshmerga army, managed to regain the eastern part of Mosul, divided in two by the Tigris River, and on Feb. 19 an offensive was launched to recover the western zone.