Major General Abdul Amir Yar Allah, commander of the military campaign for the liberation of Nineveh Province, said that more than 25000 ISIS fighters were killed during the 9-month long battle for Mosul city. According to Yar Allah, the liberation of the eastern part of Mosul took 101 days and the western part took 142 days. The operation began on October 17, 2016 and ended on July 10, 2017.
Yar Allah announced that during the liberation of Mosul, the Iraqi Army killed 450 ISIS suicide bombers, destroyed 1247 VBIED, and downed 130 ISIS drones – some of them armed – as well as destroyed more than 1500 vehicles.
“The battles to liberate the western and eastern parts of Mosul lasted about 9 months, with the participation of more than 100,000 fighters from the Army, Federal Police, Counter-terrorism, and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU),” Yar Allah said.
Moreover, Yar Allah said that the operation to liberate Mosul was flexible as the Iraqi Army didn’t only had to fight ISIS terrorists but also to rescue civilians in Mosul. The Major General confirmed that the fourth phase of operations “Return to Nineveh” to liberate Tal Afar north of Mosul will be launched soon.