Iraqi Forces Pressure ISIS in West Mosul
Progress Continues After Bad Weather
Iraqi security forces are ratcheting up the pressure to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria out of western Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, director of Pentagon press operations, told reporters Friday, May 5.
“There had been a bit of a slowdown in the progress recently, some due to weather, some due to repositioning,” Davis said. “We now have some progress being made from the northwest, up and including the banks of the Tigris River.”
ISF Taking More Ground from ISIS
Today marks the 76th day of the operation to liberate western Mosul, he said. “Yesterday, there were 24 square kilometers gained along the forward line of troops primarily in the northwest area, and since the west Mosul offensive started, 550 square kilometers have been retaken in west Mosul alone.”
Near Mosul, Davis said, “we continue to conduct strikes, engaging ISIS tactical units and a sniper team, destroying mortar systems, fighting positions, heavy machine guns, tactical vehicles, ISIS-held buildings, an anti-air artillery system, a command-and-control node, a [vehicle-borne improvised explosive device], an ISIS bridge, a front-end loader, a weapons cache, a rocket system and a VBIED factory as well as fighting positions. So, the airstrikes in support of this new line of effort is considerable.”
Source: US Department of Defense
Photo: Iraqi Security Forces.