BAGHDAD The Islamic State terrorist organization only controls 12 square kilometers (7.5 miles) of territory in Mosul, the spokesmen for the Iraqi military offensive launched to expel the extremist organization out of the region said on Tuesday.
Iraqi forces now control 89.5 percent of the western part of the northern city of Mosul, according to Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasoul, spokesman for the Joint Operation Command.
The officer made his statements during a joint press conference with Col. John Dorrian, the United States spokesperson for the international coalition that supports Iraqi troops.
The eastern half of Mosul was completely liberated on January and life has already returned to normal, according to Rasoul.
Dorrian said IS combatants are on the brink of total defeat in Mosul, stressing that the coalition will continue its support for Iraqi forces in future battles against the extremists in other regions of the Arab country.
Rasoul pointed out that IS has sustained 16,467 casualties since the beginning of the offensive to liberate Mosul on Oct. 17, 2016.
He added that the forces combating extremists destroyed 679 car bombs, 47 drones and deactivated 6,661 explosive devices of IS militants.
Rasoul did not provide figures on civilian casualties or members of Iraqi forces, but he reported that 111,497 families, a total of 610,150 people, have been displaced, while 28,497 families have already returned to their homes in liberated areas.
IS fighters are still showing strong resistance in the old quarter of Mosul, the most populous city conquered by the extremists and from where they proclaimed the caliphate in 2014.