MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - An Iraqi commander says he believes some 300 Islamic State terrorists remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul’s Old City.
Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of Iraq’s special forces said Wednesday that the militants are confined to a 600-square-yard area.
He spoke the day after Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the armed forces on a “big victory” in Mosul, despite ongoing clashes.
IS captured Mosul in a matter of days when it swept across northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014. Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition launched a major operation to retake the city in October.