Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service has so far retaken 40 out of 56 districts in eastern Mosul from ISIS militants, the force’s commander was quoted as saying on Thursday as forces struggle to reach the east side of the Tigris River. The force’s commander, Abdul Ghani al-Assadi said “the first phase of operations to liberate the eastern shore has been concluded with 40 districts”. The Iraqi government forces halped by tribal militias and US-led air forces, two thirds of Nineveh have been retaken. Commanders from the US-led coalition have been quoted recently as saying that ISIS lost 75 percent of its fighters in Iraq and Syria. ISIS remains in control of several areas of the western section, which is adjacent to its strongholds in Syria, but Al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces are reporting daily advances towards liberating ISIS locations in that region.