The Iraqi army entered the territory of the Old town in Mosul

MOSCOW, 18 Jul — RIA Novosti. The Iraqi military entered the territory of the Old town in Mosul, said the representative of the President of the United States in the coalition against grouping “Islamic state”* Brett Mcguirk.

“Iraqi forces early this morning entered the territory of the Old town in Mosul, the last district of the city held by the IG*”, — I wrote to Mcguirk on his official page in the microblog Twitter.

Earlier the militants had released the first quarter of the Old city. The assault areas, which are still under the control of the IG*, the Iraqi army began on Friday.

The area of the Old city remains the last stronghold of the terrorists of ISIS* in the second largest populated area of Iraq. The attack government forces here is complicated by the medieval layout — the area is dotted with narrow streets with a width of two to three meters.

The operation to liberate Mosul has been ongoing since October last year. During this time the city left more than 862 thousand inhabitants.

* A terrorist organization banned in Russia