Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after ISIS attack

An Iraqi Special Forces member stands near the main road from Erbil to Mosul with his unit, in the village of Bartala, Iraq, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP)

An Iraqi commander says reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major ISIS counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city.

Major General Najim al-Jabouri said that Federal Police and Iraqi army units have moved from the southern front to the city’s east, where most of the fighting has been concentrated in recent weeks. 

On hold 

Iraqi commanders had hoped to push up from the south to take Mosul’s international airport, but those plans appear to be on hold.

Iraqi troops were driven back last week within hours of seizing the al-Salam hospital in eastern Mosul, which ISIS had been using as a base. More than 20 soldiers were killed before special forces opened a corridor for them to retreat.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48