World Bulletin / News Desk
Rapid Response officer Mohamed al-Oqaily said anti-terrorism forces were engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL militants in al-Qulayaat and al-Shahwan districts in western Mosul.
“There are between 30 to 50 militants holed out in these areas,” he said.
According to al-Oqaily, 13 ISIL militants were killed in the two areas since late Sunday.
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi visited Mosul to celebrate the defeat of ISIL terrorist group in the northern city.
Mosul was captured by ISIL along vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq in 2014.
Since October, the Iraqi army, backed by a U.S.-led air coalition, has been battling to dislodge ISIL from Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.