Destruction in fight to take west Mosul worse than east

Trevor Jackson
April 15, 2017

Using satellite imagery and local researches, the most recent evaluation confirms that western Mosul has undergone extensive destruction, "far greater than in the east", according to a senior United Nations aid official in the country.

Analysts say Iraqi forces deployed in the west have less experience in urban battle and are trying to keep casualties down by relying on heavy firepower.

Army First Lieutenant Nayef al-Zubaidi, for his part, told Anadolu Agency that Iraqi security forces had received numerous appeals from civilian residents of ISIL-held areas to refrain from targeting homes being used by the terrorist group to carry out attacks.

There was no comment from the US -led coalition on the report.

A US-led coalition airstrike in western Mosul has claimed the lives of 13 civilians, says an Iraqi air force pilot.

About the US -led coalition's coordination with Iraqi forces in Mosul operations, al-Alusi said: "Poor weather conditions in the region have reduced airstrikes of the worldwide coalition's warplanes on Daesh-linked sites in western Mosul".

Iraqi forces repelled an ISIS attack in the area of the Nur mosque and al-Hadba minaret Friday morning, Rudaw's correspondent in Mosul reported.

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He noted that there have already been some positive results for the people of Iraq as the fight against ISIS goes on.

He described ISIS use of civilians as human shields as "a despicable tactic, and unfortunate, and heartbreaking" adding "but it is something that we're seeing".

On the other hand, the Iraqi police found missiles and explosive materials west of Baghdad.

"And a lot of the reason for that is the coalition airstrikes that have supported our partners as they've taken that territory back", he said.

Col. John Dorrian, spokesperson for the global anti-ISIS coalition, agreed on Thursday that the pace was slow. "This enemy in Mosul is not going anywhere".

Meanwhile, the federal police and interior ministry special forces, known as Rapid Response, continued their battles on the southern and western front lines at the edge of the old city center, the source said. It's very slow, it's very tough.

"Prime Minister Haider Abadi's been very clear on that, and it's been an enduring principle of the campaign throughout" he said.

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