Aerial VIDEO: US Carries out Airstrikes on Islamic State Facility near Mosul

Tue Oct 18, 2016 13:23:46

The United States Department of Defense released video on Monday (October 17) purporting to show the destruction from an airstrike on a militants facility near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The ministry released a cockpit video showing the strike, which it said hit Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) militants vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility on October 8.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced before dawn on Monday (October 17) the start of the offensive on Mosul, two years after Iraq's second-largest city fell to the militants.

Iraqi government and Kurdish forces on Tuesday (October 18) announced progress in the first 24 hours of an offensive to take back Mosul, Islamic State's last city stronghold in Iraq.

The Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces began moving in the direction of Mosul at dawn on Monday under air cover from the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition.

The fall of Mosul would effectively signal the defeat of the ultra-hardline Sunni group in Iraq.

Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) also controls parts of Syria.

The Iraqi army is attacking Mosul on the southern and southeastern fronts, while the Peshmerga carried out their operation on the eastern front.

Mosul, with a current population of 1.5 million, is the largest city still under control of the militants, followed by Raqqa, in neighboring Syria.

Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) declared a “caliphate” over parts of the two countries in 2014.

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