Iraqi forces say started storming Islamic State-held Mosul Old City

An Iraqi soldier walks next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, during a battle with Islamic State militants near Arabi neighborhood, north of Mosul, Iraq, January 21, 2017. (Photo: Khalid al Mousily/Reuters)

Iraqi forces started storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, a military statement said.

The historic district is the last still under control of the militants in the northern Iraqi city, which used to be their capital in Iraq.

The US-backed Iraqi offensive to capture Mosul entered its ninth month on Saturday.