BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi military models on Wednesday took management of the final main highway out of western Mosul that had been in Islamic State’s arms, a basic and residents there stated, trapping the militants in a dwindling space inside the metropolis.
The military’s ninth Armoured Division was inside a kilometer of Mosul’s “Syria Gate”, the northwestern entrance of town, a basic from the unit informed Information by phone.
“We successfully management the highway, it’s in our sight,” he stated. Mosul residents stated they’d not been in a position to journey on the freeway that begins on the “Syria Gate” since Tuesday.
The highway hyperlinks Mosul to Tal Afar, one other Islamic State stronghold 60 km (40 miles) to the west, after which to the Syrian border.
Iraqi forces captured the japanese aspect of Mosul in January after 100 days of preventing and launched their assault on the districts that lie west of the Tigris river on Feb. 19.
In the event that they defeat Islamic State in Mosul, that will crush the Iraq wing of the caliphate declared by the group’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014.
The U.S. commander in Iraq has stated he believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture each Mosul and Raqqa, Islamic State’s Syria stronghold in neighboring Syria, inside six months.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Enhancing by Paul Tait and Richard Lough)