Supported by the US-led coalition, the Iraqi military forces on Wednesday seized control of major roads near Western Mosul city, in northwestern Iraq.
The progress left Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants under siege in the area, especially after the Iraqi troops took control of Eastern Mosul and all main roads around the city.
Also, ISIS major supply lines between Mosul and the Syrian border were blocked completely by the US-backed forces.
The road links Mosul to Tal Afar, another ISIS stronghold 60 km (40 miles) to the west, and then to the Syrian border.
In January, the Iraqi forces captured Eastern Mosul after 100 days of heavy fighting.
On February 19, the Iraqi Army launched a battle for Western Mosul –the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq’s second largest city.
On February 24, dozens of ISIS militants surrendered to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) west of Mosul city, military sources reported.
The Iraqi Army’s Central Command said in a statement that a group of ISIS jihadists surrendered to the ISF after heavy clashes at the western side of Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.
This comes amid intensifying military operations by the US-backed Iraqi troops in Western Mosul.
“The militants surrendered with their weapons to the Iraqi forces, after the group suffered heavy losses in manpower and equipment during the past few days,” the head of Nineveh Media Centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News, citing military officials.
Backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition, the Iraqi troops also seized control of the Mosul Military Airport.