Airstrikes destroy last bridge linking Mosul’s west, east

The Old Bridge of Mosul.
The Old Bridge of Mosul.

Nineveh – ( US-led fighter jets destroyed on Thursday the last of five bridges linking the western bank of Tigris River with the eastern bank, practically isolating the east and west of Mosul, Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq.

The Nineveh province council said airstrikes destroyed the so-called, iron “Old Bridge”, the last after four others were demolished in military airstrikes over the past few days. This will make Nineveh “the burial place for the Islamic State,” as council member Mohamed Ibrahim al-Bayyati put it in a statement, He said that continuous military strikes will make the group eventually under siege from all directions.

Popular militias fighting ISIS besides the Iraqi government said Wednesday they had completely isolated Nineveh from all Iraq as well as from Syria, stripping ISIS of its vital supply lines.

ISIS had relied on booby-trapping the bridges to forestall advances on the ground by Iraqi forces.

Iraqi security forces and US-led fighter jets continue a weeks-old campaign to liberate Mosul from Islamic State militants, announcing the successful liberation of several villages and districts surrounding the city’s center on a daily basis since operations kicked off mid October.

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