Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in their campaign to dislodge Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) from Mosul, announcing the capture of a district just north the city’s historic center.
With the loss of the Zanjili neighborhood, the enclave still held by Daesh in the northern Iraqi city has shrunk to two districts along the western banks of the Tigris river – the densely populated Old City center and the Medical City, Reuters reported.
Iraqi government forces retook eastern Mosul in January and began a new push on May 27 to capture the remaining enclave, where up to 200,000 people are trapped.
The Mosul offensive started in October with support of the country’s popular forces. It has taken much longer than expected.
The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the terrorist group in Iraq.