Iraq's special forces shrink ISIS stronghold in western Mosul

Iraq's special forces declared their aspect of the mission to reclaim Mosul completed on Saturday. However heavy fighting still looms between other Iraqi forces and ISIS terrorist group as it clings to a dwindling portion of Iraq's second largest city, Associated Press reported on Sunday.

ISIS still controls some eight square kilometers of western Mosul, including the dense Old City where some of the toughest battles are expected to play out.

It remains to be seen which of the multiple government forces encircling Mosul will be tasked with assaulting the final ISIS stronghold districts.

Special forces spokesman Sabah al-Numan said his troops had finished retaking the area assigned to them, but stood ready "to support any other forces if we are ordered to by the Prime Minister."