Iraqi forces advance in Mosul and liberate the Maamel neighborhood

Al-Saadi said in a statement to Al Arabiya that his forces liberated al-Maamel neighborhood Wednesday after freeing the industrial zone yesterday. (AP)

The commander of the second operations in the counterterrorism agency, Major General Maan al-Saadi, announced on Wednesday that his forces liberated the neighborhood of al-Maamel in the heart of the right coast of Mosul.

Al-Saadi said in a statement to Al Arabiya that his forces liberated al-Maamel neighborhood Wednesday after freeing the industrial zone yesterday. The forces are now surrounding the agricultural reform district in preparation for entering in the coming hours and then liberate it.

Al Saadi continued saying, “We are investing the victory and the high spirits of our forces in the field against the defeat and the low morals of the terrorist organization. Our forces now control the Maamel neighborhood after a battle that lasted from the early morning hours and ended with us controlling the neighborhood in the heart of the right coast of Mosul.”

On the course of the battles, Saadi stressed that the coming days will carry many surprises asserting, “We will have achieved the greatest victory in controlling all the land of Mosul.”

The death of a leader and three of his companions

For his part, the commander of the forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism unit, Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Asadi announced the death of an ISIS leader during the battles over al-Maamel district in Mosul.

Al-Asadi told Al Arabiya that the terrorist Abu Ayyub al-Shami and three of his companions were killed during the battles in the al-Maamel neighborhood.

As for civilians, he said that they have opened safe corridors for the exit of citizens, emphasizing, “We have managed to evacuate about 10,000 people over the last four days and we have been able to move them out of the battlefield.”

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