Coalition warplanes struck an Islamic State (ISIS) base on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of militants. The bombing occurred east of Mosul City, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.
“A key stronghold for ISIS on the road between Mosul and Khazir District was hit with a coalition airstrike. At least 28 ISIS fighters were killed and three armoured vehicles were destroyed,” the head of the Nineveh Media Centre, Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News. “14 other militants were injured in the airstrike […]”
Also on Tuesday, the Kurdish Peshmerga shelled ISIS strongholds in the Bashiqa District, north of Mosul.
“The Peshmerga hit Daesh fighting positions in Bashiqa with heavy artillery, killing at least 11 militants,” Peshmerga officer Bilind Shekaki told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.
Tuesday’s barrage comes as the Kurdish Peshmerga, the Iraqi Army and US-led coalition forces prepare for a major offensive. The looming operation aims to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS.
Mosul has been under ISIS control since June 2014. Iraq’s second largest city now serves as the group’s de facto capital in Iraq.