WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Iraqi forces have entered neighborhoods in the east of Mosul and continue their advance against Daesh jihadists ahead of schedule, Special Presidential Envoy for the US-led coalition against Daesh Brett McGurk announced on Thursday.
Milestone: Iraqi forces enter eastern neighborhoods of #Mosul this morning. New advances on all axes. Ways to go, but ahead of schedule.— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) 3 ноября 2016 г.
On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia, with the help of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition. According to media reports, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were initially taking part in the operation.