(U.S Department of Defense) Iraqi security forces this week have continued steady progress against ISIL, including the liberation of Mosul University, a sprawling complex on the northeast side of Iraq’s second-largest city where the enemy was deeply entrenched, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
Air Force Col. John Dorrian briefed the Pentagon reporters from Baghdad during a live teleconference, noting that the Iraqi forces have taken control of the east bank of the Tigris River in Mosul and of three of the southernmost of five bridges over the river there.
“The liberation of the university denies ISIL a significant base for operations and research, it’s culturally significant to the citizens of Mosul, and it’s also important as a landmark educational institution,” Dorrian said.
As Iraqi forces search university buildings, the colonel said, they’re finding laboratories and workshops that ISIL is thought to have used to manufacture machine-grade weapons and facilities indicating that ISIL used the university as an important command-and-control node.
“The enemy fought hard to retain this key terrain, and they were vulnerable to the [Iraqi forces’] continued use of synchronized advances on several axes,” Dorrian added.