Iraqi Forces Launch Major Offensive Against Remaining IS-Held Mosul Neighborhoods

StoryfulNewsPublished: May 30, 20173 views
Published: May 30, 2017

As the holy month of Ramadan began, Iraqi forces on May 27 launched a multi-pronged attack against the <a href="https://twitter.com/RudawEnglish/status/868361296051404801" target="_blank">remaining Islamic State-held (IS) neighborhoods</a> in western Mosul.

The battle to retake the city from IS forces began in October 2016, with government and Kurdish forces, backed by US-led coalition air support, as well as Shia Muslim militias first retaking the city’s eastern side. In February, an operation to recapture areas west of the Tigris river <a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/158142" target="_blank">launched</a>.

IS forces hold control in a small number of neighborhoods and areas including al-Shifa, Jumhuri Hospital, Zanjili, and Saha. The area includes the Mosul Old City and the <a href="https://twitter.com/RudawEnglish/status/868381319293808640" target="_blank">Great Mosque</a>, where the IS leader, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, spoke in 2014 after the city was captured.

This video shows smoke rising over the city on May 27.

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