The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have been further isolating the ISIS-held western part of Mosul, advacing west of the ISIS stronghold.
Spokesman for the PMU, Ahmed al-Asadi said in a speech during a press conference in Baghdad:
“We don’t expect the battle to be neither easy nor short, and the blessings of our martyrs and casualties allow us to achieve victories.”
Al-Asadi added that “the 26th brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi is participating in the battle to liberate western Mosul.”
Earlier today, the Iraqi army and the Iraqi Federal Police liberated the Mosul airport after a fierce battle with ISIS in western Mosul.