US-led fighter jets on Sunday totally destroyed for the second time the last of five bridges linking the western bank of Tigris River with the eastern bank in Mosul.
The shelling aimed at isolating the east and west of Mosul, Daesh’s last stronghold in Iraq.
The Nineveh province council said airstrikes destroyed the so-called, iron “Old Bridge”, the last after four others were demolished in military airstrikes over the past few days. This will make Nineveh “the burial place for Daesh,” as council member Mohamed Ibrahim al-Bayyati put it in a statement, He said that continuous military strikes will make the group eventually under siege from all directions.
Popular Units militias or Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi fighting Daesh besides the Iraqi government said Saturday they had completely isolated Nineveh from all Iraq as well as from Syria, stripping Daesh of its vital supply lines.
Daesh terrorist group had relied on booby-trapping the bridges to forestall advances on the ground by Iraqi forces.
Iraqi security forces and US-led fighter jets continue a weeks-old campaign to liberate Mosul from Daesh militants, announcing the successful liberation of several villages and districts surrounding the city’s center on a daily basis since operations kicked off mid October.