MOSUL — Pushing deeper into the remaining areas under the control of the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul’s Old City, at least severn Iraqi troops were killed on Sunday.
Iraqi army officer Sa’id Nadawi confirmed the figures and revealed that all of the casualties were the result of an IS-planted IED in a civilian property.
The Iraqi army, backed by the US-led coalition airpower, has been leading the operation to liberate Mosul since 17th October last year.
Early in 2017, the government announced the full liberation of eastern Mosul which was followed but another major offensive in February to dislodge the jihadists from the western part of the city.
Since then, significant territorial gains have been made against the extremist group, which is now in control of a very small area in the Old City district.