Iraqi move into ISIS held city of Mosul
(CNN) — Iraqi forces have entered ISIS-held Mosul for the first time in more than two years, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said, in an operation to free the key city from the militant group’s control.
Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim told CNN that units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the city, adding that troops had stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east.
Penetrating the eastern border on Thursday has been the most significant breakthrough in the offensive, launched more than two weeks ago, and is expected to trigger a fierce battle with ISIS fighters there.