Iraqi security forces (ISF) have made notable gains against the ISIS terrorist group inside the major Iraqi city of Mosul located in the province of Nineveh.
ISF troops have liberated the Mosul University complex, and the districts of Al-Hadba, Kafaat, al-Kindy, Andalus, Dhubat, al-Furqan and Al-Faisaliyah.
Rudaw (an Iraqi media outlet funded by the Kurdistan Democratic Party) reported that with the Mosul University had been a major weapon and drone factory used by ISIS terrorists:
“Their [ISIS’] morale has collapsed, as they lost all of these districts,” Lt. Gen. Abdulwahab al-Saadi from Iraq’s Golden Brigade, an elite force that is part of the ICTS, told Rudaw inside the now-liberated Mosul university, “and that it lost the university; it was believed that the university was the main center [for ISIS], because there were workshops and laboratories to make weapons, explosives, and drones.” he added.ISIS militants have used modified-drones to drop grenades on the Iraqi forces, a new tactic aimed at slowing down the advancing forces.
The areas of Nabi Yunus and East Nineveh are contested and clashes between ISF and ISIS are ongoing there.
However, an Iraqi pro-government website “Iraqi News” reported on January 16 that ISF had seized the mosque of Nabi Yunus from ISIS terrorists, providing the photos below.
A look at the military situation in the city of Mosul on January 13, 2017: