Elite soldiers can recapture Mosul's Old City in 3 hours - strategist

June 01 2017 03:35 PM

A military strategist told The Baghdad Post on Thursday that if elite soldiers, trained to fight in street war, were deployed, they will enter the Old City and recapture it within three hours.

Heavy shelling by Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) artillery has killed many innocent civilians, local sources told the Baghdad Post.

The sources said that the bombing is indiscriminate and heavy because the districts have already fallen and ISIS full defeat is only a matter of time.

Makeshift shelters in Hawi al-Kanisa neighborhood in northwestern Mosul have received massive waves of displaced Iraqis, escaping the battles in al-Shifaa neighborhood and other districts in the Old city.

These districts are witnessing military confrontation between the security forces and ISIS terrorists.

As a result, civilians face many challenges. For example, they face the hardship of escaping these districts, reaching safe corridors under the control of the security forces, and moving to displacement centers.

Security forces, backed by International Coalition air raids and logistic support of the US army, have retaken eastern Mosul and half of its western part after six months of battles. These forces are focusing now on controlling the Old City.

It is estimated that there are a few of ISIS terrorists left in the second largest city of Iraq. It is expected that they will desperately defend the last pocket of the city that has been once their main stronghold in Iraq.