DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – With slow, grinding territorial progress underway in Iraq’s second largest city, government forces are reporting coming under many attacks from ISIS sleeper cells on both sides of the Tigris River.
Effectively, a temporal banned was imposed on the Niqab and Burka in the city of Mosul on Tuesday. A military source in the Iraqi Armed Forces told Al-Masdar News that the aforementioned garments had been used extensively over the past week by both female and male ISIS members to conduct suicide bombings and hit-and-run attacks on army checkpoints.
Meanwhile, the Rapid Response Division, Counter Terrorism Units, Iraqi Federal Police and elements of the 9th Division managed to capture over half of the Al-Zinjili district on Wednesday, one of just three neighborhoods in western Mosul which maintain an ISIS presence.
Amid these advances, dozens of unused ISIS car bombs were captured:
Amaq Agency also posted footage of urban clashes on Tuesday. Mosul battle videos from the Islamic State outlet are becoming increasingly rare, reduced from daily to weekly footage presumably due to the ongoing territorial demise of the caliphate’s troops.
The battle of Mosul is expected to end within next month. Between 300 and 400 ISIS militants are still active across the heavily booby-trapped Old City, Al-Zinjili and Al-Shafaa suburbs.