AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

Islamic State (IS) fighters are completely “trapped” and “the last road out of Mosul” has been cut off, claimed a US envoy Sunday in Baghdad.

AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye
A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016
“Just last night, the 9th Iraqi armydivision, up near Badush, just northwest of Mosul, cut off the last road out of Mosul,” said Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the anti-IS coalition.

Meanwhile, Iraqi government forces have expelled IS fighters from about 30 percent of western Mosul, a senior official from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service(CTS) said Sunday, a major progress in the massive operation to retake the second largest city of Iraq.

The official said that CTS soldiers clashed fiercely with IS members in the old city center in western Mosul, stressing that the enemy’s power has been greatly weakened in the battle.

Iraqi government forces launched the offensive to liberate western Mosul on February 19 after declaring the full control of eastern Mosul late January.

McGurk also announced that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Washington next week to hold discussions with US President Donald Trump on the further cooperation between two countries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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