Mosul victory is just ‘tens of meters’ away
Iraqi commanders said Saturday their forces are “tens of meters” away from defeating the Islamic State group in Mosul, a day after a major counterattack by the militants.
The Joint Operations Command said “our units are still continuing to advance . . . . Not much is left before our forces reach the river.”
Iraqi officials have made similar pronouncements over the past week as security forces have bottled the militants up in a sliver of the Old City along the Tigris River. But the troops’ progress has slowed.
The militants hold less than one square kilometer (mile) of territory but are using civilians as human shields, making it nearly impossible for U.S.-led warplanes to flush them out.
On Saturday the militarized federal police announced that they had cleared their assigned sector, while the regular army and special forces continued to battle the extremists. Some units remain as much as 150 meters from the river.