Iraqis who fled the fighting between IS militants and Iraqi forces, walk inside a camp for internally displaced people, in Khazer. Pic/AP/PTI
Geneva: US forces backing Iraqi troops retaking Mosul from the IS carried out an air strike on a bridge spanning the Tigris river, restricting militant movements between western and eastern parts of the city, a US official said yesterday.
US-trained Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service forces are pushing deeper into east of Mosul, while army and police units, Shi’ite militias and Kurdish fighters surround it to the west, south and north.
Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the US-led coalition, yesterday said an air strike has taken out the number four bridge, the southernmost, in the past 48 hours. Iraqi Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the military’s joint operations command, said he could not confirm the strike.
'68K Iraqis displaced from Mosul offensive'
More than 68,000 people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched a huge offensive against the IS in and around Mosul last month, the UN said yesterday. The figure increased significantly over the past week as forces battled deep into the densely populated city, but it falls short of pre-offensive predictions.