MAP: North Nineveh. Progress of the offensive to take #Mosul from ISIS (22 November). Full resolution: https://t.co/woNPcN1kAs pic.twitter.com/h42HpWZ3Q8— le_carabinier (@LCarabinier) November 22, 2016
CNN: Mosul completely surrounded by Iraqi-led troops, paramilitary forces say
Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Mosul is now entirely surrounded by Iraqi-led forces, an alliance of paramilitary groups said Wednesday, more than a month since the operation was launched to seize control of the key city from ISIS militants.
The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) made the announcement in a statement that was also distributed by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.
The development marks the tightest chokehold the Iraq-led coalition has had on Mosul so far, cutting off crucial supply routes and containing ISIS fighters.
At the same time, Iraqi forces are in Mosul in a bloody street-by-street offensive to retake the group's last significant stronghold in Iraq. They entered the city proper on November 3.
The PMU said the crucial Mosul-Raqqa route had finally been shut.
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The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates November 23, 2016
Mosul battle: Iraq militias 'cut off IS access to city' -- BBC
Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria -- France 24
Iraqi Forces Claim They Have Completely Encircled ISIS-Held Mosul -- Newsweek
Coalition forces surround Mosul, cutting off Islamic State supply lines -- VICE News
ISIS in Mosul cut off from western escape, supply routes -- RUDAW
Mosul: Supply line secured, severing ISIL from Syria -- Al Jazeera
IS claims coalition airstrike disables fourth Mosul bridge -- AP
Iraqi army makes gains southeast of Mosul -- RUDAW
Iraqi airstrikes destroy two Islamic State bomb factories -- UPI
Shocking photos show Iraqi special forces soldiers posing next to body of hanged ISIS fighter as Mosul battle continues -- Mirror
Scenes of Panic as Hundreds of Iraqis Flee Mosul -- AP
As civilians flee Mosul, Iraq implores Kurds to open safe passage -- CSM
Arab-Kurd tensions simmer in shadow of Mosul campaign -- Al Jazeera
Mosul operation will last into January 2017, says US think tank -- NRT
PHOTOS: ISIS ‘Parades’ Dead Bodies of Iraqi Soldiers for Children in Mosul -- Heavy
Inside Qayara, south of Mosul - in pictures -- The Guardian
Burning Oilfields of Mosul -- Reuters
Fighting for Mosul (Photo Gallery) -- US News and World Report