ISTANBUL — Iraqi security forces, backed by the US-led coalition, continue to advance towards the center of Mosul, and they managed on Tuesday to enter al-Zuhoor neighborhood in the east of the city, said Abdulwahab al-Saidi, the commander of the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces.
According to the official, the government forces liberated a hospital and a health center, and they are now clearing the area from the Islamic State (IS) militants and planted IEDs.
The neighborhood was previously encircled by the Iraqi forces, and the IS militants were placed under pressure prior to a massive attack by the Iraqi soldiers
Mosul operation started on October 17, aiming to ultimately liberate Iraq’s second largest city from the IS extremists who are ruling the city since June 2014. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi troops have so far liberated scores of neighborhoods in eastern Mosul.