WASHINGTON-- Iraqi forces have retaken the town of Bashiqa from Daesh and are now two km. away of Mosul, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
The US Department of Defence spokesman Peter Cook told a briefing, however, that "some back clearing still continues." There has also been more progress in clearing the nearby towns of Bahweza and Sayyid, he added.
South of Mosul, Cook said Iraqi forces have consolidated control of Al-Rashid and Sahyma, and have completed the clearance of Abbas Rejab.
In Syria, Coalition-backed Syrian fighters have faced "moderate" Daesh resistance.
Daesh has also been under pressure from Turkish-supported Syrian opposition forces, which liberated a number of towns and villages southeast of Dabiq.
Cook said that Daesh "remains under increasing pressure, and it's problems are multiplying" across Iraq and Syria as a result of the dual offensives on Raqqah and Mosul.
Source: Nam News Network