IRAQI ARMY SAYS ISIS DAYS IN MOSUL ARE NUMBERED

Homes destroyed by Islamic State militants, are seen on the outskirts of Bartila, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in MosulMosul’s last remaining streets held by Islamic State group fighters could fall to the Iraqi military in just a few days, according to an army commander leading the assault on the city.

Around 350 ISIS fighters are believed to be holed up in Mosul’s Old City, where a fierce battle is waging as Iraqi troops advance deeper into the neighbourhood.

Despite fire fights in dense alleyways and booby traps slowing the advance, Lieutenant-General Abdul Ghani al Assadi from Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism said ISIS’ days are numbered in the city the last neighbourhoods will fall “in very few days”.

Yet around 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Old City with any strikes in the packed neighbourhood likely to cause casualties.

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