"Steady advance towards Mosul continuing," McGurk stated in a Twitter message.
Earlier in the day, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Dorrian said the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reach their objectives in the fight on or ahead of schedule, despite the terrorists’ attempts to disrupt their advances with small arms, explosives and mortars.
Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) announced in a Twitter message on Tuesday that Iraqi Federal Police have killed an Daesh military commander Dwud Abdul Wahab south of Mosul. They also said the Iraqi Army has taken control of Al-Hamdaniya town in the east.
At the same time, the PMU have dismissed reports claiming Peshmerga fighters have stopped operations against the terrorists due to many casualties.
However, the Kurdistan Army acknowledged in a Twitter message on Tuesday that Kurdish commander Fahmi Mohamed Qadir has been martyred during counter-Daesh operations.
Early on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from the Daesh militants. Iraqi troops and their allies, including local Sunni militias, as well as Kurdish forces are involved in the offensive.
The Daesh jihadist group, outlawed in Russia, seized Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, in 2014 along with a number of other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns.