Iraqi Forces Enter Western Mosul, in Fierce Battle Against ISIS

Mosul Museum Retaken by Iraqi Forces

Mosul Museum Retaken by Iraqi Forces

Iraq was dropped from President Donald Trump's revised travel ban because of both the steps it is taking to better vet potential travellers and its cooperation in the fight to destroy Islamic State, the US State Department said.

Iraqi forces battling IS militants in Mosul appear to be closing in on a decisive victory having already liberated most Iraqi cities that fell under the extremists groups control over the course of 2014 and 2015.

The undisputed leader of ISIS in East Africa and West Asia has once again slipped through the fingertips of USA forces controlling the area around Mosul, Iraq.

"I say, we want to protect Iraq and its citizens and we want cooperation with the neighboring countries, because there (in neighboring countries) are terrorists send vehicle bombs to Baghdad and other Iraqi cities to carry out terrorist acts", Abadi said in a televised speech.

Meanwhile, the IS group has claimed responsibility for several auto bomb attacks in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, over the past few weeks, after losing control of eastern Mosul, and as it continues to lose ground on the western side.

"I don't think they have given up on their vision of their caliphate yet", the official said, noting ISIS hopes to hold on to parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq.

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Since hostilities resumed on February 19, more than 600 people have been treated at trauma stabilisation points close to the city for conflict-related injuries, he said.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians are believed to still be trapped under jihadist rule in the Old City, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in his only public appearance in July 2014.

The fighting in the city's western districts has forced more than 51,000 people to flee their homes, says the International Organization for Migration.

"Those who went out were taken hostage".

Federal police said anti-IS forces were now setting up defences in recaptured areas of Mosul as they eyed the next phase.

One Iraqi official told Reuters that al-Baghdadi may be hiding north of the Euphrates river amongst Sunni Arab tribes.

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