Iraqi security forces expect to take full control of Mosul in the next hours as ISIS's defensive lines collapse, Reuters quoted state TV as saying on Saturday.
Air strikes and artillery salvos pounded the terrorists' last bastion in the city as black smoke billowed over it.
"We are seeing now the last meters and then final victory will be announced," said a TV speaker, citing the channel's correspondents embedded with security forces battling in ISIS's redoubt in the Old City of Mosul, by the Tigris river. "It's a matter of hours," she said.
A military spokesman cited by the TV said the insurgents' defense lines were collapsing. Iraqi commanders say the insurgents are fighting for each meter with snipers, grenades and suicide bombers, forcing security forces to fight house-to-house in the densely populated maze of narrow alleyways.
US-led international coalition is providing air and ground support to the eight-month-old offensive to wrest back Mosul, once the de facto capital of ISIS in Iraq.
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