KIRKUK – Iraqi army forces reported new gains in the campaign against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday, recapturing a number of areas and cutting off a main ISIS-held supply route in northern Iraq.
Backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition, the Iraqi troops recaptured several villages in the Sharqat District of the Saladin Governorate, after clashes with ISIS militants.
“The Iraqi army, supported by airstrikes from the international coalition, regained control of the villages al-Jasma, Khadaan, Baja and al-Sabkha,” Iraqi army officer Salim al-Jabouri told ARA News.
Also, the Iraqi forces seized control of the Sharqat-Mosul supply route after bombing ISIS positions there with heavy artillery.
“This route was a key supply-line for Daesh terrorists in northern Iraq. It linked the Daesh-held major city of Mosul with the Sharqat District and the Baaj District,” al-Jabouri said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“Losing this route was a heavy blow to Daesh, as the group cannot support its operations in those two districts with military reinforcements anymore,” the official said.
Reporting by: Chalak Haji
Source: ARA News
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