ERBIL – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group has bombed the Mosul airport in northwestern Iraq, activists reported on Tuesday.
“The group has used a large amount of explosives to bomb Mosul airport on Tuesday afternoon. ISIS tries to fortify the strategic city against any possible attacks by Iraqi forces,” a local media activist told ARA News on phone.
“Destroying the airport comes as an attempt to prevent its use by the Iraqi army,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.
Also on Tuesday, ISIS militants bombed two military bases in Tel Afar west of Mosul.
“After evacuating the Rafidain and Baghdadi military bases in Tel Afar, ISIS bombed the bases completely,” the source added.
ISIS has been fortifying Mosul city for months in preparation for a potential military campaign by the Iraqi army forces, which have vowed earlier to retake the city from the militant group in cooperation with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the U.S.-led coalition.
The Iraqi army has recently taken over Baiji area south of Mosul after fierce battles with ISIS fighters.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News
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