On Sunday December 25th, 97 ISIS militants were killed in eastern and southern Mosul, according to Iraq’s Joint Military Command. The militants were killed in three separate attacks.
The first incident involved ISIS fighters attempting to advance on a federal police position. Iraqi forces were able to stop the advance and kill 21 terrorists using two vehicle-borne IEDs in south Mosul.
An additional 51 ISIS fighters were killed in a failed attack on Iraqi military positions in the neighborhoods of Intisar, al Salam and al Shaimaa in southeastern Mosul. The militants were killed through a series of vehicle-born IEDs and suicide attacks carried out against the Iraqi forces.
The final 25 militants were killed in the neighborhood of al Wahda in eastern Mosul. A coalition aircraft carried out several airstrikes on an ISIS gathering.
Terrorists within the city limits are reportedly becoming more erratic and braze with their asymmetric and guerrilla warfare tactics as a coalition of 90,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and other militia forces, attempt to secure the city. Iraqi forces are reportedly suffering through high casualty rates as they make a block-by-block push through the city.