US-led coalition steps up anti-ISIS airstrikes as Iraqi forces seize more ground in Mosul

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US-led coalition steps up anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. File photo: AFP

ARA News

Erbil – The US-led coalition has launched thousands of airstrikes on Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions since the launch of the Mosul campaign nearly three months ago, helping allied Iraqi forces to capture more ground in the key city.

According to Air Force Col John L. Dorrian, Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)–the US-led coalition against ISIS, the air campaign hit hundreds of ISIS targets in Mosul.

Since the start of Mosul Operation last October, the coalition has destroyed more than 125 ISIS car bombs that had been prepared by the group to hit Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the vicinity of Mosul.

Furthermore, dozens of ISIS tactical units have been recently destroyed by the US-led coalition in Mosul and other parts of Nineveh Governorate, in northern Iraq.

Also, over 2,500 ISIS fighters have been killed either by coalition air raids or Iraqi shelling.

On October 17th, 2016, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a major battle for Mosul to liberate the city and its surroundings from ISIS. The US-backed forces have so far captured approximately 70% of Mosul city, which is deemed a de facto capital for ISIS in Iraq.

Reporting by: Ali Issa | Source: ARA News

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