A US Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS
12:43, Feb 27, 2017
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US -backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Sunday, aiming to capture a bridge across the Tigris which would link the city's government-held eastern bank with the ongoing offensive against remaining militants in the west.
This comes after they took the city's airport from the Islamic State.
The Iraqi army on Sunday captured a major district in western Mosul amid an ongoing offensive to drive Daesh terrorist group from the northern city, according to a military commander.
All the Mosul five bridges, spanning the Tigris River to the city's government-controlled eastern side, were all destroyed by airstrikes previous year.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said he had ordered the Iraqi air force to strike Islamic State positions inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad. Tehran's Shiite militias could push to replace US forces in the fight for Mosul; or more likely, Iran's clients could demand that all American forces leave Iraq immediately after the battle.
Speaking to AFP and other reporters in Baghdad this week, US Air Force Brigadier General Matt Isler said the IS group had adopted coercive new techniques in its use of suicide vehicle bombs because the militants appear to be running out of willing drivers.
Despite denials from the USA military, Reuters has confirmed that Shiite militias closely aligned with the Iranian government and the Islamic Republic's terrorist proxy Hezbollah are actively participating in the offensive to liberate of Mosul.
Abu Karim said IS fighters have been setting up checkpoints and storming homes to crack down on informants, meting out punishments for anyone carrying a mobile phone or found with an internet connection that include flogging, jail time, and fines.
In a significant shift in tactics, the global forces are now more deeply embedded with their Iraqi counterparts around Mosul, part of an effort to reduce casualties and speed the campaign.
"(The locals) said, "Tomorrow you will withdraw and we will be under the hammer". "They were calling to each other and saying, "Let's go". The military push against the terrorist's group ISIS' stronghold will spell the end of the terror group in Iraq.
Western advisors are increasingly present close to the frontline, helping coordinate air strikes and advising Iraqi forces as the battle unfolds.
The offensive, which began in early December previous year, has reduced much of al-Bab to a ghost town, its pre-war population of about 100,000 having dwindled to the low thousands.
Consequently, the military offensive to recapture Mosul has gone ahead without accompanying political steps that might strengthen moderate Sunni leaders against militants who will seek to perpetuate an insurgency against the Baghdad government.
IS remain in retreat after eastern Mosul was retaken last month.
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