Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Iraq: ISIS counterattacks in Mosul stalls Iraqi push

(Mosul) Counterattacks by ISIS on the western edge of Mosul Sunday evening temporally stalled the Iraqi push into the Old City, the last ISIS stronghold in the city. The attacks forced Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition to pull some assets away from the Old City to again clear the Yarmouk and Tanak neighborhoods, which were declared liberated from ISIS in May.

The counterattacks began on Sunday by scores of ISIS fighters dressed as Iraqi Shiite paramilitaries. However, the ISIS fightback was always going to be short-lived as they simply are outgunned and outnumbered in Mosul. By Monday morning, the attack had been blunted and repulsed. Tuesday, the Iraqi army continued its push by taking the Al-Farouk sector of the old city from ISIS.