Iraqi forces recapture Nineveh train station in western-Mosul

IS group presence in Syria and Iraq

Explosion in Mosul as Iraqi forces battle ISIS.

A top commander for the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, was killed Tuesday by Iraqi forces in the jihadists' last bastion of Mosul as the U.S., Russian Federation and Turkey converged against the militants in northern Syria.

In recent days, Iraqi forces completed the isolation of west Mosul by securing control over the last road out of the city.

McGurk also announced that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Washington next week to hold discussions with US President Donald Trump on the further cooperation between two countries.

Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat, the commander of the federal police, said his forces have retaken the train station as well as a nearby bus station, both of which are located southwest of Mosul's Old City.

The pace of the battle reflects dramatic improvements in Iraq's military and its ability to coordinate operations with a US -led air campaign, which is pounding the militants at a record pace.

"Any of the fighters who are left in Mosul, they're going to die there", he said.

Near the Mosul Museum, Iraq forces used armoured vehicles and tanks to attack snipers pinning down troops clearing areas around the bridge. Baghdadi became the most high-profile radical Islamist leader in the world when he delivered a sermon in the city of Mosul's main mosque and declared himself the caliph of an new Islamic Caliphate. "If there are civilians, families in the homes, we shout to them to take cover inside a room".

The Pentagon and Iraqi officials say senior ISIS leadership has escaped to regroup in Syria and the deserts along the border to prepare for the future.

Regarding the catastrophic displacement of refugees, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi brushed it off last night saying that the number of displaced and uprooted people were "not unexpected". They survived more than two years under ISIS only to see their neighborhoods turned into battlefields.

An Iraqi special forces soldier carries a woman injured during a battle between Iraqi forces and IS fighters in Mosul.

More than 200,000 Mosul residents have been displaced since the start of the campaign in October.

Almost 100,000 Iraqis have fled the battle to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist group, the International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday. "There are more people on this side of the city and people are trying to leave because there is no food and no supplies in their area".

Losing Mosul would be a major blow to Islamic State.



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