The humanitarian situation is catastrophic – cleaning of the bodies will take several weeks, debris removal, clearance and cleaning of unexploded ordnance will take several months
One of the key shopping areas of Mosul. Before and after the capture of Mosul by the Caliphate and American “precision” bombing. And remember, about a year ago, the Western media screaming about “the crimes of Assad in Aleppo.”
The Prime Minister of Iraq, arrived in Mosul said that Mosul is completely liberated from the Caliphate, and the battle for Mosul is completed.
This is not true – the militants continue to hold a small part of the old city on the Western Bank of the Tigris, where they continue to resist the Iraqi army and police. It is clear that there is not much time left, and desire of Iraqis to kill militants in Mosul, obviously, but from a formal point of view, the battle is not over yet and today we are witnessing the second false start with the celebration of the liberation of Mosul – the previous one was on 29 June. However, the end of the battle of Mosul is not far away.
On the banks of the Tigris eliminated one of the last high-ranking commanders of the Caliphate in Western Mosul Abu Hafsa al-Saud, who was a native of Saudi Arabia. This character tried to escape from the compression ring not wanting to prematurely go to a meeting with houris, where he massively sent his less pragmatic colleagues. Either he wanted to sneak along the West Bank of the Tigris, or to cross to the Eastern part of the city and get lost there, and perhaps subsequently to participate in the organization of the terrorist war in the liberated from ISIS in Mosul. But something went wrong – on the banks of the Tigris he met the team that accelerated his delivery to hell.
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.
However, it is understandable why the Iraqis are ready to share the joy. For them, the capture of Mosul is the end of a long blood test and the hard-won victory, which has long been waiting for the exhausted people of Iraq. The lesson of the ruins of the mosque of al-Nuri is a very symbolic moment for the war against the Caliphate in Iraq – the Iraqi army came to the place where the Caliphate as a state. And now, she is actively involved in its liquidation.It is quite obvious that they really want to declare victory, so are more in a hurry, although the final outcome of the battle has long been obvious – the tenacity of fighters only prolonged the resistance, but couldn’t change the determined outcome.
When the assault began, it was assumed that the militants would not make it to the end of June, but nevertheless, the city continued fierce street fighting accompanied by a massive destruction and more victims among militants and Iraqi military and civilians. It is Obvious that the assault on Mosul was one of the most bloody battles of the last decades.