TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi government forces on Thursday took over al-Thawra district in Western Mosul, ending four days of intense encounters with ISIL militants.
The announcement by the Joint Operations Command came hours after forces recaptured al-Thawra al-Oula, a first section of the neighborhood, after invading the area on Friday, Iraqi News reported.
The army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service also said its forces were advancing further at al-Tenek and al-Sihha districts.
Iraqi forces recaptured the Eastern side of Mosul in January after three months of fighting with ISIL, and sat on a new offensive in February to retake the Western region. Commanders said earlier this month that the ISIL was controlling only less than seven percent of Iraqi territory, and that only six districts were still witnessing ISIL presence.
ISIL has lost many of its senior commanders since operations launched to retake the Western side of Mosul. Some estimates show the number of remaining militants in Mosul by less than 1000.
The conflict in Mosul has so far displaced more than half a million of the city’s population, according to the Iraqi government and the United Nations.