Airstrike leaves eleven Islamic State militants killed in Baaj, western Mosul

Eleven Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike on Baaj town, in western Mosul, the War Media Cell reported on Monday.

In a statement, the WMC said, “Iraqi fighter jets launched several airstrikes on Baaj, depending on intelligence information.”

“The airstrikes left a fuel store for IS fighters completely destroyed and two members killed,” the statement added.

Moreover, the jets “destroyed the so-called hisbah (vigilantism) office and killed nine other militants, including two Arabs. A weapon stash inside the office was also destroyed,” the media service added.

Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City, after finding it hard to invade from the south.

Last week, the Iraqi security command declared being in control of 89.5 percent of western Mosul with only a few districts remaining under the militants’ control. More than 16,000 IS members were killed since beginning of operations in Mosul.

Eastern Mosul was liberated in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to retake the western side.

Iraqi generals had predicted liberating the city before end of this month.