Brigadier General Mohammed al-Khodari told the Associated Press news agency that counterattacks were tactics the Iraqi army had seen in other areas that were previously recaptured from ISIL.
Iraqi special forces said on June 25th that they have driven out two-thirds of ISIS fighters from Mosul. Islamic State fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighborhood that had recently been declared free of the militant group, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said Monday.
Yet it has not prevented IS launching counter-attacks, with the Iraqi military thwarting the most recent desperate strike on Sunday.
ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi troops have captured Mosul's al-Faruq neighborhood, in the northwestern side of the Old City, from Islamic State militants, the military said.
Exit routes have been opened up for hundreds of civilians to get out as the Iraqis fight to retake the quarter from the Islamist terror group.
Federal Police and elite CTS units in Mosul are attacking IS fighters in the Old City's maze of narrow alleyways, together with the army and the interior ministry's Emergency Response Division (ERD).
"In a few days our forces will reach Corniche and bring the battle to its conclusion", said Jawdat.More news: 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Are Sending Thank You Messages to Fans
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USA -supported Iraqi government offensives have wrested back several important urban centres in the country's west and north from Islamic State group over the past 18 months.
More than 50,000 civilians, about half the Old City's population, remain trapped behind Daesh lines with little food, water or medicines, according to those who escaped. Witnesses said residents had fled the two neighborhoods.
Hundreds of IS fighters have been killed since the operation started in October 17, and hundreds of civilians have also died.
Aid organizations say Islamic State has stopped many from leaving, using them as human shields.
The statement was a day after ISIS blew up the historic al-Nur Mosque and al-Hadba Minaret in the Old City of western Mosul.
Residents were also upset following the destruction of the 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri mosque and its leaning 150-foot (45-metre) minaret, which was blown up by the militants on Wednesday.
In July 2014, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared during a Friday Prayers' service at the mosque to announce the formation of an Islamic "caliphate" over Iraq and Syria.
Baghdadi has left the fighting in Mosul to local commanders and was assumed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border area.
Assisted by airstrikes from the US-led coalition, the SDF has been slowly advancing against ISIS in Raqqa since launching its offensive in early June after encircling the city.