Already in control of eastern Mosul, Iraqi forces have now cut off ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) road access to the west, trapping the terrorists in the Iraqi city that was the group's biggest stronghold of its self-declared caliphate, the Euro News website reports today (March 13, 2017).
Brett McGurk -- the United States' envoy to the coalition against IS -- said yesterday that "jihadists still in Mosul will die."
He added, "ISIS has now lost over 60 percent of the territory it once held here in Iraq and is losing more every day."
Iraqi forces have now recaptured a third of western Mosul. But IS militants are putting up fierce resistance using suicide car bombs, snipers, and mortars.