Baghdad, - For the first time Iraqi forces have retaken control of a neighbourhood in the western section of Mosul from the ISIS group, a senior commander said Sunday.
They have liberated al-Mamun district and raised the Iraqi flag on its buildings, Abdul Amir Rasheed, the chief of the government campaign told reporters.
The advance comes two days after Iraqi forces stormed the neighbourhood following their recapturing of the Mosul airport and a major military camp on the southern outskirts of the northern city.
"The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces completely liberated al-Mamoun neighborhood and raised the Iraqi flag over some of its buildings," Iraqiya channel quoted Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, from the Joint Operations Command (JOC), as saying.
The CTS forces entered the neighborhood on Friday and seized 50 percent of the area, and continued the fighting until they liberated the whole neighborhood earlier on Sunday.
The CTS special forces entered in the adjacent neighborhood of Wadi Hajar and are fighting fierce clashes with the IS militants inside the neighborhood, the JOC said earlier in a statement.
Meanwhile, the federal police and elite interior ministry units, known as Rapid Response, are still fighting street-to-street battles to liberate southern neighborhood of Jawsaq and Tayaran from the extremist militants, the JOC said. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency