According to statements by Iraqi military, in the ruins of the old city are still about 300 militants, who through the use of snipers, mines, and rare bombers, trying to delay the moment of full liberation of Mosul. Occasionally even go to the counter, taking advantage of the relaxed part of the Iraqi military after the announcement of the victory.
Overall, the painful removal of the militants in Mosul will take some time, and of course not without more losses. But in the end Iraq and it will survive, but for the Caliphate the loss of the of Mosul will be a terrible blow, and it’s not only the value of the city, which administratively has long been cut off from the Caliphate and its quasi-state system is actually isolated.The fact that after Stripping the city and district of tal afar, released a large number of troops that will be used for operations in Western Iraq that promises in the second half of 2017 big problems for the Iraqi parts of the Caliphate. So fighters can certainly amuse themselves by bragging about the losses of the Iraqis and the company, but it only underlines a simple truth – the Caliphate as a quasi-state structure will suffer inevitable defeat, crushed by superior opponents, but the way will be a long and blood will be shed fairly. The battle for Mosul is more than demonstrated. On the order of Raqqa.
Despite the losses of the Iraqis and the stubborn resistance of the enemy, the strategic position of militant groups in the Mosul area continues to deteriorate. Yes, they cause significant losses to those advancing and defend to the death, but they cannot reverse the current trend, and in March, or at least, in early April West of Mosul should be freed. At the moment there are according to various estimates from 550 to 750 thousand people still in the city.
Remarkable photos from under the Iraqi tal afar. From the standpoint of Pro-Iranian Shiite militia “Hashd al-SHAABI” filmed the dumping of a shipment (container on the parachute) in a village controlled by the Caliphate.
The Iraqi forces (ISF) have constantly talked about a frontal assault on west Mosul across the Tigris River, but now it might be done on two fronts. The Joint Operations Command announced that all preparations for west Mosul were completed. It said engineers would construct bridges to bring vehicles into west Mosul. Now new reports are emerging of another attack, which would not require coming under direct fire while crossing the Tigris.
By 24 January the forces of the Iraqi army and security forces, almost completely occupied the Eastern neighborhoods of Mosul. “Black” continue the resistance only in Rashidi North of the city. Full capture of district business 1-2 days. Part of the 1st infantry and 9th armored division of the Iraqi army crushed the last pockets of organized resistance in the Central districts adjacent to the river, the forces of the police special forces are now conducting a sweep there. The approaches to the destroyed bridges over the Tigris are entirely controlled by Iraqi security forces.On January 22, started to assemble the pontoon bridges for the crossing of the Tiger to begin the assault on the Western part of Mosul. It is expected that the enemy continues stubborn resistance in a dense housing development, which will impede the use of aircraft and artillery. They should expect a new wave of attacks by car bombs.
By mid-afternoon on 18 January, the Iraqi army has almost completed the liberation of the Eastern part of Mosul. Posts about the complete liberation of the Eastern neighborhoods are still premature, but organized defense of the Caliphate on the Eastern Bank of the Tigris came to an end. The army took almost all previously controlled by the “black” neighborhoods and provided control over the territory around the destroyed bridges over the river. Focal resistance continued in the North-Eastern districts, and also near the Palace of al-REM.Here still need some time to clean up the city and further filtering to identify the militants, who did not cross to the West Bank or left on the Eastern shore for the implementation of attacks and attacks against Iraqi security forces.
In the Eastern parts of the city unit of the office of counter terrorism (known under the popular name “gold division”) could “clean up” a few small city blocks, but after 12 December and they stopped further progress, continuing to repel the attacks of militants.On the Northern outskirts of the city 16 infantry division stopped the offensive on December 3 after completing a “sweep” several nearby villages. On the southern outskirts of the Federal police stopped on the outskirts of the military camp of al-Ghazlani and Mosul airport at the end of November.However, the plan to storm the city from that direction apparently was abandoned.
There was continued talk of the new phase of the Mosul campaign in Iraqi papers. General Fazi Barwari of the Golden Division made the bold prediction that all of east Mosul would be freed by the end of the year. Only about 40% of that section of the city is currently occupied so claiming they would go through the remaining 60% in six days is a little unbelievable. A member of the Hasdh al-Watani, run by former Ninewa governor Atheel Nujafi and backed by Turkey, told the press that the new campaign was supposed to start on December 24, but bad weather pushed it back.
The story is simple – division of the army special forces and Shiite militia, tried to move in the South-Eastern neighborhoods of Mosul, reached the hospital and Sal took it. There is something waiting for them. Mechanized convoy attacked by suicide bomber-mobiles, four of them got to the positions of the Iraqis and exploded, after which the infantry of the Caliphate launched an attack. Survivors of the bombings which destroyed part of the equipment, settled in the hospital building and called air support. Flew American planes and dropped bombs on the territory of the hospital, where he was defended by the Iraqis.This is not the first case of its kind – during the assault on Ramadi was also the scene when the Iraqis went on the attack, began to push “black”, but came under your airstrike, resulting in lost several dozen people and their positions. On the one hand, the usual “friendly fire”, on the other hand, within a few years of war could learn to avoid.
In the end, the Caliphate, despite territorial losses, was able to break the initial plans for the capture of Mosul, significantly delay resistance and cause the attackers serious losses (daily Caliphate reports about the successful suicide attacks in which dozens of Iraqis soldiers and various equipment). The infantry of the Caliphate as it usually demonstrates high durability in defensive battles and most experienced squads of “veterans of Jihad”, who are fighting with the 2013-2014 year, in no way inferior- to the prepared American troops of the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces. I think this experience should be studied both Russian and Syrian military, because sooner or later they have operations in the area of Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor, where it is important to not allow the same mistakes that previously been made in the attack on the Tabqa and the mistakes that the Americans and the Iraqis have made in the development of the offensive on Mosul.
As a result, the operation to take Mosul swiftly, when it quickly ripped open the defense of the Caliphate and connected in the center of Mosul, turned into something unintelligible, which only develops at the expense of the overwhelming superiority in men and materiel, with heavy losses and without any operational victories. For more than a month of fighting, the Caliphate lost about 2100-2300 killed and wounded, the loss of the coalition reach 4500-4700 killed and wounded (among whom, there are several dozen NATO soldiers). According to the them, the Caliphate lost up to 12 tanks, 25 armored combat vehicles and about 60 trucks.
The Golden Division reached one more sector of eastern Mosul, but was mostly trying to clear what it already gained. Zuhur was the newest neighborhood breached by the elite division. Otherwise the unit was trying to consolidate its areas, which have seen constant fighting since the city was reached on October 31.
The Hashd were still trying to encircle Tal Afar to the west. In the process it freed five new villages. When the forces do reach the town, it is likely to set off another round of threats from Turkey that has warned that it does not want the Hashd to take the village.
It is likely that part of the claimed U.S. aircraft “destroyed targets”, these are the wooden models. In addition to mines and suicide bombers, the big problem are the numerous DAESH tunnels under the earth, that they use to move their assault groups and supply front-line units with ammunition . The city set up a mobile anti-tank group on the trucks, which, at the request move to threatened sectors where there are attempts columns of tanks and armored fighting vehicles to move through urban development and provide a saturation of the battle formations with anti-tank weapons (“Cornet”, TOW, RPG).
On November 4 several new neighborhoods in southeast Mosul were entered. The towns and eastern Mosul neighborhoods of Tahrir, Zahara, Malaeen, Samah, Khazraa, Karakul, Quds, and Karama were all attacked. Forces had to withdraw from Karama after heavy resistance by the Islamic State. There was on going fighting in Intisar as well that was entered yesterday. The Golden Division later claimed that Aden, Samah, Karkukli, Khadra, Ikhaa, Quds, Malaeen and the town of Gogjali were freed, although a resident told Reuters that one of those was still contested.
Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have reportedly lost at least 30 men with a further 50 wounded in fierce fighting against Daesh militants in Mosul. These severe losses occurred during today’s fighting in both the eastern and southern sectors of the battle.
The Iraqi joint forces were much more active during the sixth day of the Mosul operation. Several more towns were freed, some of which were declared liberated before however. Iraq’s prime minister rejected Turkey’s participation in the campaign once again. On the insurgents’ side the Islamic State was accused of mass executions and forced displacement, and may be destroying parts of Mosul in anticipation of losing it.