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.