US-Coalition Airstrikes Destroy ISIS Boats Fleeing from Eastern Mosul
According to the US-led coalition, during the past week of clearing operations, the Eastern bank of all five bridges across the Tigris River in Mosul was secured by the Iraqi Security Forces. For this reason, it became very difficult for IS terrorists to escape from the Iraqi Forces.
“We believe this was a desperate attempt to retrograde ISIS fighters now that the Iraqi Security Forces own the Eastern bank of every bridge in Mosul,” spokesman for the US-led coalition, Col. John Dorrian, said. “This is one more example of how the Coalition is supporting the military defeat of ISIS by launching air strikes while Iraqi military complete the clearance of Eastern Mosul,” he added.
According to reports, since the beginning of the Mosul operation in October 2016, the coalition’s air power managed to destroy at least 112 watercrafts of IS terrorists on the Tigris River in Mosul, and several more boats outside the city.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the eastern part of Mosul was fully liberated from terrorists, though clashes were still ongoing in its northeastern area.