Newsweek: War on ISIS Could Push Islamic State Fighters Out of Iraq for Good in May, Iraqi Commander Says
The Iraqi military could soon drive the Islamic State group (ISIS) from its final major bastion of Iraqi territory in Mosul, according to the Iraqi army’s chief of staff.
In a press statement cited Sunday by local state-run media, Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi said his forces would retake Iraq’s second-largest city from militants loyal to the ultraconservative Sunni Muslim group within three weeks, Reuters reported. The military leader said that ISIS’ territory, which was estimated to comprise 45 percent of the nation at its height in 2014 before falling down to less than seven percent last month, had been further diminished to about 3.8 percent. The Iraqi military and its allies, including Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militias, Kurdish forces and a U.S.-led coalition, secured Mosul’s eastern half at the beginning of the year and have advanced, despite fierce resistance from ISIS in the western part of the city.
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