Comparison of maps of Old City district of west Mosul March
19 vs March 27. The Federal Police and Rapid Reaction Division are pushing from
the south and have made no real advances over the last week. The Golden
Division has advanced along the western section of the district however to
attack the Islamic State from the flank.
Green is liberated, Red contested, Gold is Islamic State,
Blue is the Tigris River (Iraqi Day)
The Iraqi forces (ISF) made contradictory remarks about
their operations in Mosul. General Othman Ghanmi army chief of staff issued a statement
that 50% of west Mosul was now under government control. ISF commanders have
issued different figures and percentages on their progress based upon varying
measurements. 50% is roughly right based upon the area of west Mosul. General
Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah said
there was no time limit on how long it would take to free the rest of the city.
The government forces are fighting street to street, and the weather has been a
hindrance as well. On the other hand the spokesman for the Joint Operations
that the battle for Mosul was done. The battle in fact has hit a stalemate
forcing the Iraqi forces to change their battle plan. What is new is that the
Golden Division has moved up the western side of the Old City district and to
prepare to attack the Islamic State from its flank. Federal Police Commander
Raed Jawadat stated
that the Federal Police and the Rapid Reaction Division were making rapid
progress in their assault upon the Old City. Some small advances
were made. The two police forces are still aiming
to taking the Grand Mosque in the district. The Golden Division’s General Abdul
Wahab al-Saadi told
press that the Islamic State’s defenses had been destroyed around the mosque.
That’s yet to be seen as the police are still roughly in the same area they
have been for over a week now. Finally, according
to a Federal Police officer reinforcements and 80 armored personnel carriers
arrived as part of the change in tactics in the campaign. Those will not likely
be used in the Old City where many of the streets are too narrow for vehicles
to be used. They could also just be replacements to make up for losses.