COALITION AIR STRIKE HITS HOSPITAL IN IRAQ

WASHINGTON, - The US-led coalition against the so-called Daesh, launched an air strike on a hospital in eastern Mosul on Wednesday.

Daesh fighters were believed to be using the Al Salem hospital complex, as "a base of operations," and Iraqi forces requested the strike, the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said, in a statement.

The number of casualties, if any, was not specified, nor did CJTF-OIR indicate whether the incident is being investigated. "The Coalition complies with the Law of Armed Conflict and takes all feasible precautions during the planning and execution of air strikes, to reduce the risk of harm to non-combatants," the statement said.

Earlier in the day, Pentagon Spokesperson, Jeff Davis, told reporters that Mosul "is effectively isolated now" as Iraqi forces close in on the city.

"They still have freedom of movement between Mosul and Tal Afar, but they don't have freedom of movement beyond Tal Afar into Syria," he said.

"They advanced [about 1.6 km] into the city, so that was probably the best news overall and they did that while facing heavy resistance that included six vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices," he added.

The Daesh is surrounded "by a superior force," Davis affirmed, and "they have no ability to resupply or reinforce, and it is a military fact that they are in a position where defeat is inevitable."

Meanwhile in Syria, US-backed rebel forces are about 23 km outside of Raqqah city limits, he said, and urged patience, as the operation continues. "The best way to go about achieving a sustainable victory is to be very slow and methodical," Davis told reporters.

Source: Nam News Network