A member of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advances in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. AFP / Fadel SENNA
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Some 300 Daesh (ISIS) fighters remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul's Old City, a senior Iraqi commander said Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of Iraq's special forces told the Associated Press that the militants' hold on Mosul has shrunk to a 500-square-meter area. A large number of civilians are believed to be trapped in the Daesh-run enclave, with around 1,500 fleeing with every 100-meter advance by Iraqi forces.Iraqi forces moved to besiege the Old City before launching their attack in order to prevent Daesh fighters from fleeing to neighboring Syria, but Aridi said hundreds of militants still managed to escape from the Old City alone.
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