October 23, the command of the operations in Iraq decided to impose a ban on coverage of events in the area of combat operations in Mosul by journalists.
According to the AA news agency, the decision was made in connection with the death of two journalists.
October 21, Ahmet Nejmeddin, a correspondent of Türkmeneli TV channel, became the first victim of the snipers of ISIS terrorist organization.
In just a few days, Ali Risan, a journalist of Alsumaria TV channel, came under fire of ISIS snipers as well.
According to the command of operations, journalists will be allowed in areas of Mosul again only after a complete cleaning of the territory from ISIS terrorist elements.
Mosul is the second most important city for the terrorist organization ISIS, which they captured in 2014. In January 2015, the US carried out air strikes on the city, helping Peshmerge to launch a military operation to liberate Mosul. In March 2016, the Iraqi army launched an operation to clean up the city from the ISIS terrorists.
The operation in Mosul began on October 17. The first stage of operation against the ISIS terrorist elements on the Iraqi city of Mosul involves Peshmerga armed forces of regional Kurdish administration in Iraq, the city militia, trained by Turkish military instructors at the Ba`shiqah military base, The Nineveh Plain Protection Units under the command of an Iraqi general in charge of the operation. It is expected to become the biggest battle in Iraq since the US invasion of 2003.
October 20, the Pentagon announced that the leaders of terrorist organizations started to leave the city under pressure from International coalition armed forces.