Iraqi Forces Advance Deeper In Mosul, Commander Says

Iraqi Forces Advance Deeper In Mosul, Commander Says

"Any of the fighters left in Mosul, they're going to die there", McGurk said during a visit to Baghdad, according to Voice of America."So it is a matter of time right now before ISIS is totally defeated, but I do not want to understate the very hard fight that lies ahead and nobody can put a timeframe on how long will this take, but the Iraqi security forces will complete this mission".

The fighting has driven people from the city.

"We now believe that we are killing so many of their fighters that they are not able to replace them".

Saadi said he expects it will take less time to recapture the western half of the city than the east, which was cleared in January after 100 days of fighting.

The militant group has lost more than 60 percent of the territory its once held in Iraq, McGurk said Sunday.

One resident of Wadi Hajar district said that that a store giving out food aid exploded killing and injuring many civilians, including "young children".

But Iraqi forces have managed to retake large areas in a months-long offensive.

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Losing Mosul would be a major blow to Islamic State. Executions continue. Sunni heartlands are mostly on the frontline or in areas under ISIS control, while hostility from Shias, Kurds, and others make it hard for Sunnis to establish new lives. No more than 2,500 jihadists are believed remaining in Mosul and Tal Afar, according to a United States defense official.

But that still leaves 2,500 militants alive, and clearly many are ready to fight to the death.

The Hashd al-Shaabi forces, an umbrella pro-Iraq group comprising Iran-backed Shia militias said that the remains found were of "civilian prisoners" who were "executed by (Isis) gangs after they controlled the prison during their occupation of Mosul".

Also on Sunday, Iraqi paramilitary forces announced the discovery of a mass grave northwest of Mosul containing the remains of around 500 inmates from Baidush prison.

However, a spokesman for Popular Mobilization Units was more circumspect.

Elite US troops stated cowardly Baghdadi had fled the despicable group's Iraqi capital before they arrived.

Militia's extrajudicial execution, forcibly disappearance and destruction of homes and property this is what Iraqi Sunnis are now subject to.

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