IRBIL, March 24 (KUNA) -- Iraqi federal police has tightened its grip on militants of the so-called Islamic State in Mosul's right side, said federal police command Raed Shaker Jawdat.
Federal police forces have continued their advance in the Old City and tightened their grip on IS militants in the vicinity of Al-Nuri Mosque on the right side of the city of Mosul, he added in a statement on Saturday.
"Our units continue to coordinate their progress in the Old City, and steadily tightening its ditch on elements in the vicinity of the mosque," he noted.
The forces have used new tactics and continued cleansing houses and narrow alleyways, he pointed out.
Jawdat indicated that the forces managed to control an IS command center in the Old City and founded various weapons, explosives, documents and communication devices.
Iraqi forces supported by international coalition have begun a military operation on February 19 to liberate Mosul from IS.
The forces have so far managed to retake several strategic areas, mainly Mosul's airport, Ghazlani camp, governmental complex and neighborhoods, after they had regained the left side of Mosul on January 24. (end)