Iraqi Police Shell ISIS Locations in Mosulís Old City Preparing for Decisive Invasion

Iraqi Federal Police forces pounded ISIL locations in Western Mosulís Old City on Monday preparing for the invasion of the groupís last bastion in that region.
The serviceís commander, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, said in a press statement that police used heavy artillery and Grad rockets, backed by drones, to strike dozens of targets including command centers, supply stores, artillery and transportation vehicles belonging to the group, Iraqi News reported.

Deputy Federal Police commander, Maj. Gen Jaafar al-Battat, was quoted as saying in statements that the density of the civilian population in the Old City had obliged the delay in the invasion until districts overlooking it from the Northwest were retaken.

Only four districts are left under ISIL militantsí control : the Old City: Zanjili, al-Shifaa abd al-Sihha, according to Battat, who added that the Old City had recently seen an increase in militants numbers as many sought refuge there after Iraqi forces had retaken areas to the northwest, most notably the 17 Tamuz and Iktisadiyeen districts.

Iraqi troops recaptured Eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and the Iraqi security command said earlier this week in controls 89.5 percent of the western side of the city, three months after a second phase of the campaign launched to recapture that region.

The densely populated and structured Old City is the place where ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi proclaimed the establishment of the groupís rule in Iraq and Syria.