Nineveh operation in final phase: Iraqi premier

Press TV- Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the counterterrorism push against the Takfiri Daesh Takfiri terror group in the northwestern province of Nineveh is in its final phase.

Speaking Sunday on the occasion of Iraqi Armed Forces Day, Abadi said government troops and allied volunteer forces have managed to retake about two-thirds of Nineveh Province from Daesh terrorists

The Nineveh battle is concentrated in and around its provincial capital, Mosul.

Mosul, along with three towns in the western Anbar Province, is where the remaining Daesh terrorists are holed up in the country. The Takfiri group captured Mosul in 2014, the same year it started its campaign of terror in the northern and western parts of Iraq.

The advance in Mosul has been slowed down due to the presence of hundreds of thousands of civilians, many of whom are being prevented by the terrorists from leaving the city.

However, it was reported on Sunday that members of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), who are fighting Daesh in Mosul alongside allied fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, had reached the eastern bank of Tigris River in the city.

Moreover, Iraqi security forces established control over the mosque, where purported Daesh ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, gave his famous speech on the formation of the terror group.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Abadi further expressed satisfaction with the forces’ performance and gallantry, saying they are the ones who guard the country’s sovereignty and esteem.

“We doubled our efforts to reconstruct the central part of the army on the basis of professional and technical principles,” said Abadi, adding that this has enabled the armed forces to engage in successful anti-terror operations in Iraqi towns and citizens.

The Iraqi prime minister had earlier said it could take the country as little as three months to vanquish the terrorists.