WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last week, Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. John Dorrian said Iraqi forces had cut off roads around Mosul, preventing Daesh from escaping or resupplying militants still inside the city.
"Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIL [Daesh] tactical unit; destroyed four mortar systems, two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, two VBIEDs, two front end loaders, a command and control node, and a heavy machine gun; suppressed a mortar system; and degraded 11 roads and a bridge," the release stated on Monday.
Four additional airstrikes in Iraq targeted Daesh tactical units, buildings, weapons and an unmanned aerial vehicle near the cities of Bashir, Bayji, Tal Afar and Rawah.
In Syria, the coalition carried out 12 airstrikes near five cities, including Raqqa, Ayn Isa and Deir Ezzor. The airstrikes destroyed oil assets, tactical units, vehicles, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device facility and a fighting position, the task force said.
The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq since 2014. However, the strikes in Syria are not authorized by the legitimate government of President Bashar Assad or by the UN Security Council.
Daesh is outlawed in the United States, Russia and other countries.