Claim that IS is fac­ing end of road in its for­mer Iraqi strong­hold

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

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

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