Saturday, January 7, 2017

Iraqi Forces Adjust to Cease IS Control of Mosul; Head to Tigris River to Retake IS's Last Iraq Land

Iraqi special forces closed in on the Tigris River that runs through central Mosul today (January 7, 2017), advancing in parallel with other troops and forcing Islamic State (IS) to retreat in its last major stronghold in the country, according to the Reuters website.

Islamic State has been driven out of more than half the areas it held east of the Tigris River, which bisects the city, but is still in control of the west.

It will be much harder for the jihadists to defend Mosul -- the second largest city of Iraq --  once Iraqi forces reach the river.

Iraqi forces pushed to within several hundred yards of the Tigris and a strategic bridge today, in their effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State.

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