Claim that IS is facing end of road in its former Iraqi stronghold
The so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group is facing its “endgame” in its former Iraqi stronghold in Mosul, while there is “irreversible momentum” towards its defeat at its Syrian base in Raqqa, the defence secretary has said.
Sir Michael Fallon revealed RAF warplanes have hit more than 700 targets to support the expected imminent liberation of Mosul.
British aircraft have also struck 69 targets in and around Raqqa in support of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
IS has now lost 70% of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and 51% of the area it held in Syria, meaning more than four million Iraqis and Syrians have been freed, the Ministry of Defence said.
Speaking ahead of a meeting of Nato defence ministers, Sir Michael said: “Three years on from when Daesh declared its so-called caliphate in Mosul, this evil death cult faces its endgame in the city.
“In Syria, there is now irreversible momentum and progress towards Daesh’s defeat in Raqqa, with the SDF already controlling nearly 15% of the city.”
Sir Michael Fallon