Duhok – The Iraqi Army General Command announced on Tuesday that more than 2,800 Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists have been killed since the onset of the battle for Mosul.
“At least 2,801 Daesh terrorists have been killed since the launch of the Mosul operation on October 17th,” the General Command said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
While that tally is going to fluctuate, the Islamic State is undeniably on the back foot. According to the US-led coalition, ISIS has lost the majority of its Iraqi territory.
In support of Kurdish and Arab ground forces, coalition warplanes have repeatedly struck the Islamic State’s tactical units. In October and November, those air raids destroyed at least 59 ISIS vehicles and 80 entrenched fighting positions.
The Kurdish Peshmerga have exploited that air cover, securing Mosul’s northeastern countryside and capturing dozens of villages and towns. Bashiqa city, a district capital, fell to the Peshmerga last week.
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Units have also made sweeping advances, capturing eight neighborhoods in Mosul City, including Malayan, al-Samah, al-Khadraa, Karkukli, al-Quds, Karama, al-Orbajiyah and al-Qadisiya al-Thaniya.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri | Source: ARA News