The Iraqi army liberated the administrative center of the city
The Pentagon confirmed the information on new successes achieved by the Iraqi army during the liberation of Mosul. Last Friday, government forces occupied key administrative buildings, pushing the militants of the “Islamic state”, and managed to hoist the Iraqi flag over the building of the Council of the province of Nineveh.
“It’s not just a symbolic victory but a notable operational achievement, – said at the briefing in the defense Ministry, acting assistant Secretary of defense Elissa Slotkin (Slotkin Elissa). – We are very impressed with the continuing success of the Iraqi army.”
Also on Friday, special forces units of the Iraqi army continued the assault on the University of Mosul, being able to take control of part of the campus and a few blocks North-East of the city. Eyewitnesses claim that fierce fighting continues in several districts of the city.
“There is still a lot of work, but the days of the “Islamic state” in Mosul considered”, – said the representative of command of operation “natural determination” (Inherent Resolve) Colonel John Dorrian.
The most notable operational successes were achieved in the Eastern part of Mosul. According to a spokesman for Iraqi counter-terrorism service, army units managed to take two of the five bridges over the Tigris river connecting the Western and Eastern part of the city.
However, officials in the US believe that the fight against the militants of the “Islamic state” is far from over.
“After the operation in Mosul, we need the efforts of all members of the coalition – said Elissa Slotkin. – Militants in West Iraq and we have to restore the border in this region. Also there are areas where no military units, and the “Islamic state” uses it”.
The question remains open about how to change the US role in Iraq and Syria with the advent of the new administration. The President-elect trump has repeatedly stated that it intends to strengthen its military presence in the region.
According to Slotkin, while the US and other countries-participants of the international coalition, are limited in their capabilities.
“We have a plan, and he is executed, she said, citing as example the situation in raqqa. – But we can’t move (forward) faster than local moving ground units”.