The city of Mosul has faced high levels of darkness over the last two years. But now Iraqi forces are making strides against ISIS in the southeastern area of the city in what is being called the “second phase.”
During the fist week of January the national Iraqi forces reignited their fight against ISIS after taking almost a month long break in their efforts to reclaim various pockets surrounding Mosul.
As of now the deadlock in key southeastern districts are being fought by 5,000 troops who were recently deployed and redirected to the area after a new military strategy was developed.
Lieutenant General Ali Freiji, a leader responsible for the national Iraqi army operations said, “At 0700 this morning the three fronts began advancing towards the city centre. The operation is ongoing today and tomorrow and until we liberate the eastern side of the city completely.”
Another national officer from the Interior Ministry unit reported that the Islamic State tried to withstand their power by using a sniper and machine gun in the Intisar district of the state which is located in the southeastern district.
Another source used to gather information on the national military progress includes the state run television station which explained that ISIS forces were collapsing in the southeastern districts of Intisar, Salam, Whada, Palestine and al-Quds.
The gains are positive and shows that the strong holds against the extremist are being made.
Aside from the national government, there are also Christians on the ground who are offering help and hope to the people of Mosul.
(H/T Christian Post)