US coalition claims 1,363 Daesh fighters killed since start of Mosul offensive
The US-led coalition against Daesh announced that over 1,300 of the jihadist militants have been killed since October, when joint Iraqi forces first teamed up with the coalition to take back Mosul, Sputnik International reported.
UN special representative to Iraq Yan Kubish told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that 58,000 deaths had been recorded in Iraq since Daesh first took control of Mosul in 2014, up until September 2016.
The operation to regain control over Mosul began in the morning of Oct. 17. In addition to Iraq’s government forces, local Peshmerga paramilitaries participate in the operation.
The operation is supported by international anti-terrorism coalition air force.
Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq with a population of 1.3 million people, has been under the IS control for more than two years.
Mosul was surrendered almost without a fight during the extremists’ attack in June 2014.
The “Islamic State” considers Mosul as its main stronghold in Iraq.