The Iraqi army declared completely surrounded by the militants in the center of Mosul

The Iraqi army completed the encirclement of militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) in the Old city of Mosul. About it reports Reuters.

As stated in the command of the Iraqi army, armored units managed to take control of the district, Shifaa, which is located along the West Bank of the Tigris river. This means that the militants were surrounded in the Old city.

On 14 June it was reported that the terrorists made a powerful offensive against the Iraqi military in Mosul, which was repulsed. The supporters have lost a few dozen people killed. At the same time, sources close to the Islamists, said destroyed during the offensive up to 40 police officers seized several checkpoints in the city, and knocked out eight armored vehicles of government forces.

May 11, Iraqi security forces promised to liberate the Western part of Mosul held by is militants, before the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan, however, to do this failed.

The second phase of the operation for the liberation of the city started in February, with the support of the international coalition led by the United States. In late March, Iraqi security forces stopped a massive attack due to the increased number of casualties, however, on April 14, the battle for the center of the city resumed.