The U.S. has declared that the days of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s are numbered.
The U.S. Department of Defense, in a statement, said that the ISIL terrorist group was being pushed out of Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria, as the counter-ISIL forces were moving to liberate the territories.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis explained that the coalition forces were consolidating daily on their gains against the mindless terrorist group.
Davis said it was significant that counter-ISIL forces had reached the Tigris River and converged on the three axes from which the Iraqi security forces approached Mosul – north, east and southeast – and gained control of the eastern end of Mosul.
According to him, since Jan. 7, Iraqi security forces have continued to gain territory and consolidate those gains.
He said, “ISIL’s days are numbered. ISIL fighters are surrounded on all sides by a superior force, they’re facing resistance from within the city, and they’re being bombarded daily by coalition air and artillery strikes.
“And ISIL has no ability to reinforce or resupply. We do believe their days there, particularly in eastern Mosul, are numbered and they are beginning to realise it.”
While friendly forces have pushed their way onto the banks of the Tigris River in the vicinity of the southernmost bridge around Mosul, ISIL fighters over the weekend blew up the last of five bridges, the spokesman said.
He said, “We are now seeing some makeshift attempts to cross the river on foot using planks.”
He said on another bridge, where the span over land was taken out by coalition forces, ISIL was observed using a crane to move vehicles across the river, one by one in what Davis called a very “painstaking way”.