Iraqi helicopter gunships on Thursday foiled an attempted suicide attack by ISIS near the city of Mosul.
The US troops stationed in Makhmur have also retreated after Popular Mobilization Units took the control over the town from Peshmerga forces.
Iraq’s premier fighting force has lost 40 % of its men in the battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State control.
In Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi officially confirmed the liberation of the city from the grip of the Islamic State militants.
Airwars, an advocacy organization tracking airstrike casualties, says there have been at least 4,000 civilian deaths from coalition strikes since last August in Iraq and Syria.
In their battle for Mosul, Iraqi forces are pushing toward a landmark mosque blown up last week by the Islamic State group.
Iraqi forces have taken over 70 percent of western Mosul’s Old City district, Islamic State fighters’ last refuge in Iraq’s second largest city, police forces said.
Mosul’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.
Iraqi government forces took over a major area in western Mosul’s Old City on Monday, hours after the Islamic State militants launched a series of suicide attacks.
A senior Syrian member of the Islamic State was shot dead Monday outside his residence west of Mosul, according to a local source.