MON 21 - 8 - 2017
 
Date: Mar 1, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping ISIS
Reuters
BAGHDAD: U.S.-backed Iraqi army units Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in ISIS' hands, a general and residents there said, trapping the militants in a dwindling area within the city.

The army's 9th Armoured Division was within a kilometer of Mosul's "Syria Gate", the northwestern entrance of the city, a general from the unit told Reuters by telephone.

"We effectively control the road, it is in our sight," he said. Mosul residents said they had not been able to travel on the highway that begins at the "Syria Gate" since Tuesday.

The road links Mosul to Tal Afar, another ISIS stronghold 60 km (40 miles) to the west, and then to the Syrian border.

Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris river on Feb. 19.

If they defeat ISIS in Mosul, that would crush the Iraq wing of the caliphate declared by the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014.

The U.S. commander in Iraq has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture both Mosul and Raqqa, ISIS' Syria stronghold in neighboring Syria, within six months.


 
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
 
Related News
Daesh claims attack on U.S. forces west of Mosul
Bridge sole link for Mosul residents rebuilding lives
Return to Mosul a distant dream for many displaced
Mosul clashes after victory declared
Iran congratulates Iraq on victory, as Iraqi troops push to clear last Mosul ground of Daesh militants
Related Articles
Iraqi Kurds’ referendum for political relevance
Key to success against Daesh has been kinship with local fighters
Mosul and the limits of state capacity
Examining Mosul offensive’s regional and domestic political context
The world the Iraq War made
Editor In Chief & Webmaster : Nazih Darwish
Copyright 2017 . All rights reserved