Qayyarah (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraqi paramilitary forces battled the Islamic State group southwest of Mosul on Sunday, the second day of an operation to cut jihadist supply lines between the city and neighbouring Syria.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been advancing on Mosul from the north, east and south after the launch on October 17 of a vast offensive to retake IS’s last stronghold in the country.
After standing largely on the sidelines in the first days of the assault, forces from the Hashed al-Shaabi — a paramilitary umbrella organisation dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias — began a push on Saturday towards the west of Mosul.
The ultimate aim is the recapture of Tal Afar, a town west of the city, and the cutting of jihadist supply lines between Mosul and Syria, but the Hashed still has significant ground to cover.
SOURCE: Yahoo News/AFP