Mosul is now completely surrounded by Iraqi troops, said Wednesday the Union of paramilitary groups. The operation was launched more than a month ago, to seize control of a key town captured by militants.
The Iraqi forces are in Mosul and engaged in a bloody offensive on the city streets to return to the last significant stronghold in Iraq. They entered the city on 3 November. At the same time, the alleged Minister of information of ISIS, was killed in Iraqi airstrike, according to a statement from the joint operational command of Iraq on Wednesday.
The statement said that the so-called Minister, Ziad Karuta, was responsible for all promotional videos and images in the province. The funeral procession of Karuta was held Wednesday in the Western part of Mosul with very limited security measures, the statement said. More than 100 thousand people are Iraqi coalition in the operation to liberate Mosul, including representatives of ethnic and religious minorities such as the Shiites, the Kurds and the Christian groups.
American forces support the operation, performing air strikes. On Tuesday, U.S. forces struck a bridge over the Tigris river, restricting ISIS movement between the East and the West, reports Reuters, citing a U.S. official.
In Kurdistan in Erbil say they get an average of 80 to 90 people a day from Mosul and surrounding areas, reported in accordance with the provincial Department of health. Most of the victims are civilians.
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