Media sources stated that Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have completed the operation to retake a string of villages east of the city of Mosul from ISIL, an advance that is part of laying the groundwork ahead of the key battle for Iraq’s second-largest city.
Brig. Gen. Dedewan Khurshid Tofiq said that a bridge, taken the day before and leading to southeastern Mosul, could facilitate a troop buildup along an eastern Mosul front. Tofiq says the bridge needs to be repaired first.
Iraqi forces and the Kurdish troops are seeking to encircle Mosul, which has been under ISIL control for more than two years. It’s the last major ISIL urban stronghold in Iraq.