Iraqi forces are preparing to liberate the ISIS-held neighborhoods of Zanjili, Bab Sinjar and Al-Shifa as well as the Old Mosul area in western Mosul. Iraqi air force warplanes destroyed several arms depots, headquarters and vehicles belonging to ISIS in these districts.
Iraqi forces were working to secure the liberated district, where they discovered a large mortar shells depot in Al-Najjar district, and a headquarters of a Sharia court for ISIS in the 17 Tamoz district.
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ISIS claimed that its members destroyed a Humvee vehicle and killed a Iraqi SWAT officer in Al-Najjar district. ISIS also claimed that its snipers killed six more SWAT officers in the Rifai district.
The Iraqi Federal Police Forces announced that they would use a remote controlled 107mm rocket launcher – Iraqi made – in the final attack on ISIS in Mosul. It would enable Iraqi forces to target ISIS positions and vehicles from a safe distance.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq published photos of ISIS militants targeting the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) positions with mortar near the Al-Asmida bridge in northern Baiji.
Meanwhile, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, Deputy Commander of the PMU, said in an interview with the Lebanese newspaper “Al-Akhbar” :
“Today, we are besieged Tal Afar from 360 degrees , after we reached the defensive line of the Peshmerga forces in Sinjar”. He added that “The next destination will be Ba’aj, then the Syrian border.”