Iraqi Hashd Al-Shaabi Forces Cut off Daesh Access Routes to Syrian Border
Secretary General of Iraq's Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri underlined that the country's volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) have cut the terrorists' main escape route to Syria from the city of Mosul in Iraq's Nineveh province.
"The Hashd al-Shaabi has disconnected the ISIS terrorists' main supply route from Mosul city to the border regions near Syria," al-Ameri said on Tuesday.
Al-Ameri pointed to Hashd al-Shaabi's military gains in the Western part of Mosul city, and said, "Hashd al-Shaabi's achievements in Western Mosul have also facilitated the advances of Iraq's joint military forces in the city's Eastern parts."
In relevant remarks on Monday, a senior Hashd al-Shaabi commander announced that his forces have taken full control of all roads to Mosul city.
"The Hashd al-Shaabi forces are now in full control of all roads leading to Mosul and they have managed to seize back 65 villages," Abu Mohandes said.
He reiterated that fierce clashes are underway with the ISIL near the borders with Syria.
Secretary General of Iraq's Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri
On October 29, the Iraqi volunteer forces started their liberation operations to seize back the Western side of Nineveh province and their goal was to take control of the city of Tal Afar and prevent the ISIS from fleeing towards Syria.
On Sunday, Spokesman of Iraq's Hezbollah al-Nujaba Movement Seyed Hashem al-Moussavi said that volunteer forces stay behind Tal Afar's gates to let army's special units and security forces to fight ISIL in the city.
"The popular forces aim to block ISIL movements from Nineveh province in Northwestern Iraq to Syria, especially Raqqa," al-Moussavi said.
"We are liberating and purging the terrorists from the villages in the Western parts of Nineveh to reach Tal Afar and then surround it," he added.
Al-Moussavi underlined the importance of the Western parts of Nineveh province, and said, "Cutting off this axis will stop aid to the terrorists who are trafficking between Mosul and Syria and we can then fully separate Nineveh from Syria, especially Raqqa."
Noting that the popular forces don't intend to enter the center of Tal Afar city, Moussavi said based on previous agreements, the Iraqi army and anti-terrorism forces will enter Tal Afar and the popular forces will only lay siege on the city and cut off the terrorists' supply routes.
"The popular forces aim to block ISIL movements from Nineveh province in Northwestern Iraq to Syria, especially Raqqa, al-Moussavi said"
He said in addition to cutting off the terrorists' supply routes from Iraq to Syria, the popular forces are also safeguarding the borders between the two countries and have facilitated capture of the terrorists in all parts of the region.
A senior commander announced on Saturday that the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) was recapturing more lands to the West of Mosul as the country's army laid siege on ISIL terrorists South of the city.
"Hashd al-Shaabi has seized back over 56 villages since the beginning of the Mosul liberation operation," the Arabic-language media quoted Senior Hashd al-Shaabi Commander Javad al-Talibavi as saying.
Meantime, he said that the Iraqi army and federal police laid siege on the ISIS terrorists in Hamam al-Alil market to the South of Mosul city.
He noted that most of the supply routes to the ISIL have been cut off, and said, "We fully destroyed the terrorists' Abu Omar al-Baghdadi armored battalion that was formed by the ISIL to confront the Iraqi volunteer forces in Western Mosul."
Al-Talibavi also said that the liberation operation of the city of Tal Afar will be easy for the Iraqi volunteer forces because the ISIL terrorists have already realized that they are incapable of confronting the volunteer forces.
Earlier on Saturday, al-Ameri said volunteer forces have seized full control of the ISIL-controlled roads linking the city of Mosul in Iraq to Raqqa in Syria.
"We have expanded control over the strategic Tal al-Zalat intersection and seized control over vital roads and supply routes, including Tal Afar-al-Mohlabieh-Mosul road," al-Ameri added.
He noted that volunteer forces have also imposed control over the strategic Tal Abteh to al-Ba'aj road which was the most important route of the ISIL to Syria.
The Iraqi volunteer forces have started fresh military operations in the Western part of Mosul to cut off ISIS supply routes between Mosul and Raqqa, FNA reported.
Source: Al Alam