Iraqi security forces are making progress every day against the Islamic State in west Mosul, with the defeat of the enemy inevitable, the commander of coalition ground forces told reporters today.
“The fight to liberate Mosul from ISIS brutality has been hard-fought and long” Army Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve’s Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command, said in a videoconference from Baghdad.
“The Iraqi forces have taken the fight to the enemy and sacrificed their blood for the people of Iraq. I’m honoured to serve by their side in this endeavour. We will continue to support them until all the Iraqis are liberated and the country is free to choose its own future.
The military defeat of ISIS in Iraq is inevitable, and we will help the Iraqis achieve that.”
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“The enemy is encircled and running out of options, he said. Meanwhile, he told reporters, the coalition continues to support the Iraqi forces by providing joint coalition fires. Progress has been steady, but slow at times.”