Eighteen ISIS militants have been killed on Thursday and 100 others were arrested as Iraqi security forces continue their fight against the terrorist group in order to liberate Mosul city.
Commander of the Iraqi Federal Police Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement that the Iraqi forces killed 18 ISIS militants west of Hammam al-Alil, a region which was recaptured last week.
Meanwhile, Abdul Gani al-Assadi, commander of Iraq’s anti-terrorism apparatus, said that the number of ISIS militants arrested has reached 100, All Iraqi News website reported.
“Anti-terrorism forces have managed to achieve all their important targets in the city’s western coast, and the districts left in that region are less burdensome,” said al-Assadi.
He added that there are three bridges to the eastern coast of Mosul which the militants will use to escape the battles.
US-led coalition said last week that 1363 ISIS fighters were killed since the start of battles to liberate Mosul.
The joint forces said on Tuesday in a press conference that Iraqi forces, backed by international forces, had killed over 1300 militants on the southern axis of Mosul operations.
Since the beginning of the operation to liberate Mosul, the Iraqi army has been clashing with ISIS terrorists in order to push the terrorists out of the war-torn city.
In 2014, Mosul was named by ISIS its so-called headquarters in, after the militant group captured the city.