10:01 GMT24 January 2021
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    The US-led coalition has destroyed the last of five bridges over the Tigris river, which linked the eastern and western parts of Iraq's Mosul city, which has served as a terrorist stronghold for over two years now, a source in the Iraqi army headquarters told RIA Novosti.

    QAYARA(Sputnik) — The source said that the so-called iron "Old Bridge" was destroyed by airstrikes.

    He added that the other four bridges were demolished over the past few days, and as a result, the Islamic State terrorists were "completely cut off from supplies of ammunition and manpower."

    On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi launched the operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, which is outlawed in many countries, including the United States and Russia. The operation began with 4,000 Peshmerga fighters and 30,000 Iraqi soldiers backed by the US-led coalition.

    The Iraqi army and anti-terrorist unit managed to enter some of the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul, while Shiite militias try to liberate from the terrorists the strategically important city of Tal Afar, and to cut off supply routes for the IS militants located in Mosul.

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