In the five months since the Mosul offensive began, the US-led coalition has carried out more than 2,100 air strikes against Islamic State. Nearly 600 ISIS buildings and facilities have been hit, as well as 614 bunkers, 451 mortar positions and 273 boats and barges.
These are the numbers that represent the slow and steady defeat of ISIS in Iraq.
On Mosul frontlines, Islamic State’s local fighters direct the battle
Dispatch from Mosul: The battle to clear an ISIS stronghold
“We are seeing the last throes of Daesh [Islamic State]. Many of their leaders have left the area and abandoned their own soldiers. The hard core of foreign fighters [remains] and one by one we are going in and annihilating them in West Mosul,” says US Brig.-Gen William A. Turner.
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