The Secretary-General of the Christian militia, Babylon Brigades, Ryan al-Kildani, issued a statement expressing his astonishment that the international coalition air force did not target ISIS fighters and convoys as they fled from Mosul to Syria.
“ISIS is currently suffering from confusion in Mosul,” Kildani explained. “Iraqi security forces received intelligence from residents of Mosul about the locations of ISIS militants,” Kildani added.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIS near Mosul. Four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, two staging areas, 12 assembly areas and a bridge; destroyed six tunnel entrances, five supply caches, four repeater-tower generators, four mortar systems, a repeater tower, four repeater antennas, four solar panels, two artillery systems, two vehicles, two tunnels and an anti-air artillery system, A trench tunnel network was damaged and three mortar systems were suppressed.
Earlier today Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of a military offensive to liberate Mosul from ISIS control and called on its residents to cooperate with Iraqi security forces to liberate the city.