Security forces advance towards Great Nuri Mosque in Mosul right bank

Iraqi security forces have pushed deep into Great al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul district in the right bank of Mosul on Friday.

Federal Police forces are currently 200 meters away from the Mosque's vicinity.

These forces are putting efforts into creating safe passages for civilian families so they can escape to safety, Federal Police Captain Samir Mohamed told The Baghdad Post.

He added that security forces' slow pace in these battles is due to the nature of the area as it's densely populated.

He also asserted that ISIS terrorists use civilians as human shields to halt the advancement of the Iraqi forces in the right bank of Mosul.

Great al-Nuri Mosque holds huge significance to ISIS terrorists, as their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced his so-called calipahte from this mosque, its fall will be a huge blow to ISIS' morale.

These efforts come as part of an offensive launched on 19th of February by the US-backed Iraqi security forces, supported by Iranian-backed sectarian IMIS Shiite militias, to oust ISIS terrorists from Mosul, their last major stronghold in Iraq.