Iraqi forces have reached the Tigris River in their campaign to take Mosul back from Daesh.
Lieutenant General Abdal-Amir al-Lami, the Iraqi deputy chief of staff for operations, confirmed on 8 January that the Iraqi security forces (ISF) had seized the eastern end of one of the bridges linking the two sides of the city. Iraqi forces are now present in 35 of east Mosul’s 47 districts. Thousands of Iraqis have fled but displaced numbers are not yet as high as expected.
There is still a lack of clarity on the distribution of aid and humanitarian resources with corruption endemic. The BBC reports: “The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Mosul city itself was estimated by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at 42,000 in early December, around 4-6% of Mosul’s remaining population... The flow of IDPs from the city has increased since 29 December... However, OCHA announced that security in liberated areas has also allowed 14,000 IDPs to return to Mosul city.”
In seven bombings in 2017, Daesh are said to have killed almost 90 people in Baghdad. The group is shifting its activity to outside of Mosul.