Iraqi Special Forces recaptured more districts of eastern Mosul on Sunday expanding the army’s foothold in ISIL’s stronghold despite fierce resistance including suicide attacks. CCTV’s Jack Barton has this report from Fazlia near Mosul.
Mosul offensive continuesIn Iraq, the assault on Mosul has entered its third week. Progress against ISIL may be slowed, as troops enter the city that has been held by the militants for more than two-years. CCTV's Jack Barton reports from Erbil.
Iraqi Special Forces advanced deeper into the Intisar neighborhood, a heavily contested area in Mosul’s east. They’re now backed by Iraq’s 9th armored division, which had been fighting its way in from the south.
“May God make you victorious,” said a Mosul resident. “May you be able to kill Daesh and take your revenge on them, they starved us. We are now free.”
The territory recaptured by government forces still amounts to just a fraction of the sprawling city.
Heavy street fighting raged throughout the day between the Iraqi security forces and ISIL, who fired mortars from their positions in Mosul’s east, while the Iraqi military fired back with heavy artillery located outside the city.
Iraq’s prime minister flew in to Bartella, just outside of Mosul, with a message that he believes the battle will be swift.
Some say that may be optimistic and even though ISIL is losing ground militarily it once again demonstrated it can carry out devastating terror attacks across the country.
On Sunday, ISIL suicide bombers killed more than 20 people in Samarra and Tikrit, attacking gridlocked checkpoints in ambulances packed with explosives.