Iraqi forces have liberated the entire eastern half of Mosul from ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) -- and now will fight to liberate Mosul's western side -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reported yesterday on state television, the CNN website reports today (January 25, 2017).
Mosul is divided by the Tigris River, with both sides making up about half of Iraq's second-largest city.
"To see how far the Iraqis have come since 2014... gives real hope to the people of Iraq that after years of fighting and instability, peace and security are attainable," said Lt. Gen Stephen Townsend, the task force's commanding general.
ISIS seized control of Mosul in 2014. Ousting the terrorist group would be a challenge for any of the world's militaries, Townsend said.