Iraqi forces capture another neighborhood in Mosul

Anti-IS Iraqi forces continue to make gains in western Mosul as the militants offer increasingly limited resistance to the coalition-backed advance.

Iraqi forces announced on Tuesday they had retaken yet another neighbourhood of western Mosul, tightening the noose around Islamic State group militants holed up in the Old City.

Forces from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service “liberated the Northern Industrial Area on the western side,” the Joint Operations Command (JOC) coordinating the war against IS in Iraq said.

The JOC said in its statement that the forces “raised the Iraqi flag after inflicting losses to the enemy”.

The fresh gain is part of a new push which Iraqi forces launched last week in northwestern Mosul and has already wrested back several neighbourhoods from the militants.

On Monday, Iraqi forces retook full control of Al-Haramat, a large neighbourhood on the edge of the city.

The latest operations make it harder than ever to flee for the few hundred IS fighters estimated to remain in Mosul.

The militants who have been defending their last major bastion in the country for more than six months have offered limited resistance in recent days, apparently regrouping in the Old City for a last stand.

IS only controls a handful of neighbourhoods around the Old City, where at least 250,000 civilians are still trapped and living in dire conditions, according to aid officials and rights groups.