The Iraqi Army continued its rapid advance against ISIS in the western part of the city of Mosul, where it managed to capture more than 60% of Al-Rifai district. It also captured Al-Mufti Mosque in the strategic 17 Tamoz district and discovered many ISIS VIBED in Al-Orabi district after capturing it.
Location of Al-Mufti Mosque:
A bulldozer driver from the Iraqi army managed to save his unit after he stopped an ISIS VBIED. The driver survived in an explosion of the VBIED with minor injuries.
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Iraqi Air Force attack helicopters targeted a group of ISIS militants in western Mosul that was trying to attack Iraqi forces.
Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, said that 70% of the first phase of operation “Muhammad Rasool Allah 2” – aimed at liberating Kairawan in western Mosul – has been completed. According to Al-Muhandis, the PMU is currently attacking ISIS from six directions around the town of Kairawan.
The PMU artillery and Iraqi air force warplanes today destroyed a number of ISIS points and arms depots in northern Kairawan.
The PMU intelligence has revealed that ISIS has brought in large reinforcements from Syria, including militants, heavy weapons and ATGMs.