21 Apr '17, 11am

Iraqi forces close to liberating western Mosul, OIR official says

Iraqi forces close to liberating western Mosul, OIR official says

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi security forces are close to recapturing western Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Operation Inherent Resolve ground forces commander said Wednesday. The Iraqi forces, with coalition support, are making significant progress every day in the increasingly tough fight for Iraq's second-largest city, Army Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin told Pentagon reporters via video conference from Baghdad. Martin, the commanding general of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command Operation Inherent Resolve, highlighted the Iraqi forces' strength and resolve. "They continue to improve their capability and demonstrate a level of professionalism that makes me proud to serve with them," he said. "It's only a matter of time before they liberate the rest of Mosul and defeat ISIS in Iraq." ISIS's capability and cohesion as an organization are weakening, and t...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/186365

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