Units of the Iraqi army began an operation to liberate the Old city of Mosul from the entrenched there a terrorist grouping «Islamic state». According to Lieutenant General Abdulamir Erally, the operation also involved the police special forces.
Mosul is considered the capital of Northern Iraq. He became the major town captured by jihadists during the attack 2014. It is here that the leader of the IG Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of a «Caliphate».
The operation on his release was launched about nine months ago. Government forces quickly managed to seize part of the city, located on the left Bank of the Euphrates. However, the battle for the left-Bank part of Mosul was more violent.
Initially, the authorities claimed that the city will be taken until the end of 2016. However, the timing was corrected many times due to the resistance of the terrorists and significant losses among the civilian population.
The battle for Mosul has led to large-scale humanitarian crisis. The city, whose population before the war amounted to about two million people, left hundreds of thousands of residents. This is the second wave of refugees – the first caused the fall of Mosul in 2014.