Iraqi Forces Working to Neutralize ISIS Booby Traps inside Old Mosul

Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces fire a missile toward Islamic State militants during a battle in the south of Mosul, Iraq February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSZCB1

Iraqi forces continue to battle ISIS and making gains in old neighborhoods in Mosul while bomb expert teams are working to neutralize booby traps set up by ISIS on the ground and on vehicles.

The battles are ongoing inside the old city and in the north and west. ISIS has obstructed the Iraqi forces from advancing through use of human shields and explosives devices.

Terrorists stationed in Al-Nouri Mosque and surrounding areas have held several families hostages and threatening at killing them.

According to Federal Police chief, Raed Jawdat  security forces are now stationed in Al-Farouq neighborhood and have set sand barricades in front of the neighborhood so booby-trapped cars and suicide bombers do not infiltrate it.

The forces have begun to use smart missiles to target ISIS members and commanders. Separately, outside the city of Mosul, counter-terrorism efforts continue to fight ISIS in the neighborhoods of Al-Thawra near the northern entrance and Al-Tank in the west.

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