Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units, have taken control of the main highway connecting the Daesh-held Iraqi city of Mosul and the Takfiris’ de facto capital in Syria.
The group’s spokesman, Jaafar al-Husseini, announced on Wednesday that the troops had gained control of the highway linking the northern Iraqi city to Raqqah in a move that effectively cuts the terrorist’s main supply line.
Forces from the Popular Mobilization Units are part of vast operations launched on October 17 by the Iraqi army, Shia and Sunni volunteer fighters as well as Kurdish Peshmerga forces to retake Mosul, the last stronghold of Daesh in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Iraqi special forces are carrying out a house-to-house terrorist clearance operation in the newly-recaptured neighborhood of Gogjali in eastern Mosul.
Lieutenant Colonel Muhanad al-Timimi said that so far eight Daesh militants had been killed during the operation.
The Iraqi force also downed a Daesh drone during the operations in Gogjali.
Earlier, Iraq’s Federal Police Forces announced that they had recaptured four villages near city’s Hammam al-Alil area.