A full control over the last main exit from Mosul city was established by the Iraqi government forces, backed up by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), during their new joint operation, aimed to drive terrorists out from the northern Iraqi city.
On Wednesday, the Reuters news agency reported, citing an unnamed Iraqi general, that the 9th Armored Division of the Iraqi Army managed to advance towards Mosul, and it is currently stationed just one kilometer from the city’s Syria Gate, located about 400 kilometers to the north of the country’s capital of Baghdad.
“We effectively control the road, it is in our sight,” the general said.
The road extends up to the Syrian border and connects Mosul and Tal Afar city, located 63 kilometers to the west of Mosul.
Meanwhile, five combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), operated by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, were shot down by the Iraqi Forces over Mosul, when they were going to launch attacks on Iraqi soldiers and PMU fighters.