Time: 11:17 p.m. CEST
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.
In more than two years, Iraqi forces entered Mosul, which is under Islamic State group control and, according to defense officials, face the with the militants on the front line. Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim said to CNN, the units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the key city and that the army stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east. More than 5,000 civilians have been evacuated from eastern parts of Islamic State militants-held city, the commander of the Joint Military Operation Command, Lt.Gen Talib Shaghati said to reporters on November 3. Iraqi troops faced challenges, but most important are those to avoid civilian deaths and damage to infrastructure. The offensive for retaking Mosul began on October 17. The Associated Press reported that civilians have been fleeing Mosul’s Gogjali, al-Karama and al-Samah neighborhoods since November 2.